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Songs my Grandmother Sang

for voice and piano

Year:  1993   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  1993
Duration:  12m

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body

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Jack Body 70th Year Tribute...

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Jack Body: Songs My Grandmo...

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1 - 2 of "Two Little Girls in Blue" Page 1 of "All Through the Night"

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“These are affectionate and capricious arrangements of songs that were indeed the sort of music to be found in many piano stools through the early part of the twentieth century, music that might have been sung around the piano before passive music-making became domestic with the advent of the gramophone, radio and television.” – John Elmsly

“Invariably, mature age is a time for surrendering to seductive nostalgia and sentimentality, the very things one had previously studiously avoided. But the challenge is to find true beauty in the banal and mystery in common cliché, something I attempted in my several settings of old songs, remembering my dear, departed paternal grandmother and also my hale and hearty 100 year-old father, whose musical tastes extend little further than old style tunes like these.” – Jack Body

Contents note

1.Two Little Girls in Blue
2. All through the night
3. Daisy Bell
4. Sweet Genevieve

Text note

Text by Charles Graham; Anon; Harry Dacre; George Cooper

Performance history

17 Sep 2011: The Flowers of the Sea

30 Apr 2014: Performed by Jennifer Maybee (soprano) and John Elmsly (piano) at the Jack Body 70th Year Tribute concert, Music Theatre, Auckland University.

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