Loeffler - La Mort de Tintagiles, Five Irish Fantasies
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Label: New World Records
Cat No: NW80332
Number of Discs: 1
ArtistsJennie Hansen (viola d’amore)
Neil Rosenshein (tenor)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
From the beginning, Loeffler thought of Tintagiles in terms of the viola d'amore. He had purchased a viola d'amore in July 1894 in Paris and considered it "the only instrument capable of expressing the spirit and mood of the doomed."
Eight years after Loeffler composed La Mort de Tintagiles, he was attracted to two Irish tales of glamour and the supernatural. During 1906 and 1907 he set William Butler Yeats's "The Hosting of the Sidhe" and "The Host of the Air" for voice and piano. In 1908 they were published as The Wind Among the Reeds (title of the Yeats volume in which the poems had appeared).
In 1920 (the year the Irish Free State was established) Loeffler revised these songs and set three additional, completely different, texts: "The Fiddler of Dooney" and "The Ballad of the Foxhunter" by Yeats, and "The Song of Caitilin ni Uallachain" by William Heffernan (the Blind).
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