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Rootham Op.72: "Jemima" (1923)

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In the original Curwen edition 50600 published in 1923, the lyrics attribution was described as "Anonymous". But we now know that the text was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. By today's standards the poem is politically incorrect and very harsh, but at the time corporal punishment was an everyday part of children's life both at home and at school.
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The group portrait photo was taken in Cambridge about 1925, and comes from the Rootham family album in my possession.  My grandfather Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR) is second on the left, and also in the photo are his three important composition students (Bliss, Gibbs and Hadley).  CBR dedicated his organ work Op.37 Elegiac Rhapsody on an Old Church Melody "To my friend George Dixon", who is third from the right. When CBR was terminally ill in 1937-38, he had managed to write his Op.97 Symphony No.2 in D major in full, but only in condensed form. Patrick Hadley then played a key role as amanuensis by transcribing the full orchestration of Symphony No.2 from the composer's dictation.  And at CBR's request, Hadley himself completed the unfinished orchestration of the final movement of Symphony No.2 after the composer's death on 18 March 1938.A year later  on 17 March 1939, CBR's 2nd Symphony received its first performance (and first broadcast) by the BBC Orchestra and BBC Women's Chorus conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.

Rootham Op.5 No.2: "Love and Laughter" (1898)

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Composed by Cyril Rootham in 1898, this is the second of two songs which form his Opus 5. The words are from a poem by Arthur Gray Butler, the founding father of Haileybury College.

The song is intended to be sung unaccompanied: the piano part is for practice only.

Rootham Op.5 No.1: "Strew on her Roses" (1898)

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Composed by Cyril Rootham in 1898, this is the first of two songs which form his Opus 5. The words are from the poem "Requiescat" by Matthew Arnold.

The song is intended to be sung unaccompanied: the piano part is for practice only.