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Published: 02 April 2022

By Andy Ross

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Sings Harry

Douglas Lilburn was a composer of art and so-called classical music from New Zealand and his search for a distinctive  voice from these islands resulted in, amongst others, a collection of songs called "Sings Harry".

Setting a selection from a series of poems penned by Denis Glover, these songs were written for baritone and piano but have been performed by tenors and with guitar. You can see and hear a performance in a video on this page. 

One of my favourite song cycles to perform is Ralph Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel. Telling the story of a man as he travels through his life, the cycle is quintessentially English so I have bought Sings Harry in the hope that it will be a new favourite from these shores.