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The Earth Child

for voice and piano

Composer:   Janet Jennings


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Written during a prolonged stay in Bavaria during the second half of 1909, the poems chosen for this song cycle form a narrative arc that traces multiple themes — love and death, the natural world, childhood innocence and the faery, music and song — that preoccupied Mansfield throughout her writing life, moving away from fin-de-siecle symbolism towards the neo-romanticism and early modernism of continental Europe.

—Programme note courtesy of Atoll Records—

Contents note

  1. The Earth-Child in the Grass
  2. The Opal Dream Cave
  3. Very Early Spring
  4. A little wind crept round the house
  5. There Was a Child Once

Text note

Text by Katherine Mansfield (from her 1910 collection, The Earth Child).