Page 3, 9th November 1951

9th November 1951
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Page 3, 9th November 1951 — DOWNSIDE SONGS

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The Downside School Song Book. Music by Dom Alphege Shebbeare (Downside Abbey, 7s. 6d.). THIS book of some sixteen songs by various authors consists of a series of musical pictures in the life and surroundings of one of our great public schools. Commencing with the school song (with the English and Latin text) one is reminded of the surrounding country by such titles as "The Fosse Way," "Mendip Hills" and "Eroborough Pond." For school life there is "Whole Holidays," •'VVerk and Play," " Skating" and "A Song of Downside," whilst such songs as " The Cloister's Evensong." "Feast Days," and "Great Bede" are reminders of the religious and monastic origin as found in the unbroken continuity of Downside School, As Dom Alphege states in his foreword: " The cootinuity of faith and administration will naturally come out in the verses of those who are moved to sing of its ideals and are possessed of its spirit." In his setting of the songs Dons Alphege possesses an attractive style which captivates the sentiments of the verse. His melodies are spontaneous and not forced which will assist the young singer or the oftentermed "unmusical " to enter into the spirit of the songs. The average pianist should find the accompaniments within his reach, though there are a few exceptions. such as the setting of "Great Bede," ..The Crown of Mendip" and " Emborough Pond," which demand more from the pianist to realise the forceful character of the songs.

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