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Boosey and Hawkes Lift Boy (from Two Part-Songs (1932) SATB and Piano) SATB Composed by Benjamin Britten   

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Text: Robert Graves Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 2 These [I lov'd a Lass & Lift Boy] are two delightful and contrasted part-songs for choir and piano which ought to be a gift to choirs looking for rare secular repertoire for their concert programmes. Lift Boy sets a nonsense poem by Robert Graves about a boy who starts life as a knife-boy, moves on to become a lift boy and then a lift man. Preached damnation by 'Old Eagle' one day, he cuts the lift cables and down they all go. But Graves ends by saying: 'Can a phonograph lie? A song very neatly contriv'd to make you and me laugh'. Curious indeed. But Britten obviously sees the humour in it with a busy piano part accompanying straightforward choral passages which have nothing of the complexity of metre of the previous song. The message of damnation is delivered in suitably solemn tones before the piece dances off to its laughing ending. Duration: 3 minutes Paul Spicer, Lichfield, 2011


 
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