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Edward Elgar

So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone (orchestrated by Anthony Payne) (1932, orch.2002)

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Plays: 1900


Queen Alexandra's Memorial Ode
for chorus and orchestra
(excerpt)
Duration: 01 mins 55 secs
Adrian Partington Singers/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox
(p) and (c) 2007 Chandos Records Ltd
Chandos CHSA 5057

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Text heard on Sample:
So many true princesses who have gone
Over the sea, as love or duty bade,
To share abroad, till Death, a foreign throne,
Have given all things, and been ill repaid.

Hatred has followed them and bitter days.
But this most lovely woman and loved Queen
Filled all the English nation with her praise;
We gather now to keep her memory green.

John Masefield (1878-1967)

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