List! For the Breeze (Goss, John)
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|Work Title||List! For the Breeze|
|Alternative Title||Glee for Men's Voices (ATTB)|
|First Performance||1824 or earlier.|
|Librettist||John Bowring (1792-1872) appears to have written these words, excerpted from his free translation of a Spanish poem, "Fertiliza tu vega". (Bowring called it, "She Comes to Gather Flowers.") The 1902 Novello score does not cite a librettist, stating merely, "Words from the Spanish."|
Bowring's text, together with the anonymous original, appeared in The London Magazine of June 1823 (pp. 605-606). Goss's composition was first performed no later than February 1824.
|Instrumentation||ATTB, optional piano|
List ! for the breeze on wing serene
Through the light foliage sails ;
Hidden amidst the forest green
Warble the nightingales, . . .
Paul Hillier's modern edition is for SATB in G major.
(English Romantic Partsongs. London: Oxford (1986).)