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Peter Maxwell Davies

Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969)


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Music-theatre work for male voice and ensemble
VI The Counterfeit / VII Country Dance (opening)
Duration: 03 mins 12 secs
Julius Eastman/The Fires of London/Peter Maxwell Davies
(p) and (c) 1987 Unicorn-Kanchana Records, London
Unicorn-Kanchana DKP (CD) 9052

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Text heard on Sample:
I am nervous. I am not ill
but I am nervous.
If you would know what is the matter with me
I am nervous.
But I love you both very well;
if you would tell me the truth.
I love Doctor Heberden best; for he has not told me a lie.
Sir George has told me a lie: a white lie, he says
but I hate a white lie!
If you tell me a lie,
let it be a black lie!

Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people...

Randolph Stow



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