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Away with the Fairies

divertissement for diva

Year:  1983   ·  Duration:  50m
Instrumentation:  voice, piano

Year:  1983
Duration:  50m
Instrumentation  voice, piano

Composer:   William Dart


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Away with the Fairies is a string of kitsch songs about fairies and pixies, animals and children. They are linked by recitatives which, like the songs, include quotations from other composers' music.

Commissioned note

Written for Mary Newman-Pound

Contents note

I. Alas Belinda! – Belinda the cow
II. What Lazy little Fairies – The Pixie postmen
III. Now I shall discourse – Butterfly
IV. But Moths are rather strange – Moths
V. Unrequited – Cowboy Cure

Text note

Texts by Gloria Rawlinson (songs), William Dart (recitatives); Emily B. ("Alas Belinda! - Belinda the cow") and S. Omar Barker ("Unrequited- Cowboy Cure")