Published in 1906, this charming part song can be regarded as typical of Cyril Rootham's output in the innocent years before the First World War.
From 1915 onwards, the lyrics which CBR chose for his songs became a lot grittier.
The original edition of Op.13 No.2 "Sweet Echo" carries a dedication:
"To the President and Members of the Madrigal Society (London)"
There is also a printed footnote on the first page of music:
"To this Madrigal was awarded the Madrigal Society's Prize
Originally published about 1907 by The Vincent Music Co, this part song has been out of print for many years. But fortunately we now have a newly-typeset version, which we intend to publish later in 2018.
Surprisingly, Milton is not acknowledged on the printed edition of this part song; the composer was usually punctilious about crediting an author.
About this recording
Disclaimer In the absence of a live recording, we can only play a synthesized MP3 file generated from the typeset score. It makes no artistic claims, and should only be used to gain a rough impression of the work.