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Opus 72

Written in 1923 by the composer Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR), this song about domestic life and corporal punishment may shock because of our contemporary sensitivities. But when originally written, the poem was simply regarded as an amusing commentary on the problem of disciplining children.

About this work

Op.72 "Jemima" is a light-hearted part-song for unaccompanied men's voices (TTBB). We have no information about the work's first performance, but its first (and possibly only) broadcast occurred on a BBC All Stations relay from London on 13 November 1924. The work was performed by the London Male Voice Octet.

BBC All Stations Relay - broadcast on 13 November 1924

Radio Times programme details retrieved from the BBC Genome Project


Publication status

Long out of print, the sheet music for this part-song was originally published by Curwen in 1923. However the 1923 edition attributed the lyrics as "Anonymous". While typesetting this new edition we have taken the opportunity to correct this omission, as the original poem There was a Little Girl was written by the American educator and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). The lyrics are shown on the right.

About this recording

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