Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
The Penguin Book of English Song: Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden

The Penguin Book of English Song: Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden (Hardback)

£30.00
Despatched in 2 business days.
£30.00
Click & Collect
In stock in 1 or more stores.
Order now for Free delivery in the UK or choose Express Delivery to receive in 2 business days.
More on delivery...

Synopsis

The Penguin Book of English Song anthologizes the work of 100 English poets who have inspired a host of different composers (some English, some not) to write vocal music. Each of the chapters, arranged chronologically from Chaucer to Auden, opens with a precis of the poet's life, work and, often, approach to music. Richard Stokes's notes and commentaries constantly illuminate the language and themes of the poems and their settings in unexpected ways. An awareness of how Ben Jonson based his famous poem 'Drinke to me, onely, with thine eyes' on a Greek original, for example, increases our enjoyment of both the poem and the traditional song; knowledge of Thomas Hardy's relationships with women deepens our appreciation of songs by Ireland, Finzi, Britten and others; Charles Dibdin's 'Tom Bowling', played each year at the Last Night of the Proms, takes on a deeper resonance when we know that it was written after the death of his brother Tom, a sea captain struck by lightning in the Indian Ocean.Many composers of different nationalities appear, but the book remains quintessentially British, and includes pieces that have an established place in our national consciousness: 'Rule, Britannia' (James Thomson), 'Abide with me' (Henry Francis Lyte), 'Auld lang syne' (Robert Burns), 'Jerusalem' (William Blake), 'Once in royal David's city' (Mrs C. F. Alexander), and even 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star' (Jane Taylor). The poems are printed in their original versification and spelling, enabling us to trace the development of the English language as the book progresses.The volume presents a huge amount of information about English Song that will enlighten all those who delight in the fusion of words and music. The presence of minor as well as major poets and the unique principle of selection make The Penguin Book of English Songa highly original anthology of English verse.

Richard Stokes is Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music. His previous books include The Book of Lieder and J. S. Bach: The Complete Cantatas and he is co-author of A French Song Companion and The Spanish Song Companion, all of which are much admired by musicians and concert-goers. His English versions of Wozzeck, Lulu, Parsifal and La Voix Humaine, and his translations from Kafka, Kleist and Jules Renard, have also been widely acclaimed.

More books by Richard Stokes

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Britannia's Auxiliaries: Continental...
(Hardback)
Stephen Conway
 
 
£65.00
 
Four Queens and a Countess: Mary ...
(Hardback)
Jill Armitage
 
 
£18.99
 
Victorian Murders
(Paperback)
Jan Bondeson
 
 
£14.99
 
The Tudor Kitchen: What the Tudors ...
(Paperback)
Terry Breverton
 
 
£9.99
 
Latest Blog
Why Little Women is the Perfect Christmas Read
15/12/2017

Publisher of the Macmillan Collectors Library, Harriet Sanders, celebrates the arrival on tv this Christmas of Little Women

#FoylesFive: Foreign Languages Part Two
13/12/2017

Our knowledgeable Languages Department have put together a great selection of books, to help share the magic of reading in every language. Here are their Dutch, Russian and Polish selections.

#FoylesFive: The Last Jedi
12/12/2017

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of hyperspace and into a cinema near you, Matt from our Web Team gives us his selection of the best Last Jedi books.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd