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IN THE GLOAMING SATB a cappella Words by Meta Orred Music by Annie Fortescue Harrison Arrangement by Rebecca Oswald (2009)

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Rebecca Oswald (b. 1958) is an award winning composer and lifelong pianist. Her catalogue includes music for piano, various chamber ensembles, orchestra, a clarinet concerto, alltypes of choral ensembles including chorus with orchestra, and an opera. She has also written music for film and games. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in music theory and composition from Westminster Choir College (1998), and a Master of Music degree in music composition from the University ofOregon School of Music (2001). For more information please visit rebeccaoswald.com or write to rebecca@rebeccaoswald.com.


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IN THE GLOAMING SATB a cappella Program notes: A popular song in Victorian times, In the Gloaming was written by English composer Annie Fortescue Harrison (1851-1944), with words by Scottish poet and author Meta Orred (1844-1925) which were first published in her 1877 book entitled Poems. As a young adult, Harrison visited Hillsborough Castle, home of Lord Arthur William Hill, Marquis of Downshire. There she met Lord Arthur, a young widower; the two became friends and formed a romantic attachment. However, as the daughter of a Conservative Member of Parliament, Harrison was not in the Marquis’s social class. When the Hill family expressed opposition to their union, Harrison left quietly. Several years later, Lord Arthur attended a concert where the song was performed. Something in its text about parted lovers inspired him to inquire into its authorship, and upon doing so he and Harrison were reunited. They married and lived many happy years together. With layered dynamics, a rich, chromatic palette, and a poignant, expressive tempo, this a cappella choral setting of In 
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In the Gloaming In the gloaming, O my darling! When the lights are dim and low, And the quiet shadows falling, Softly come and softly go, When the winds are sobbing faintly With a gentle, unknown woe, Will you think of me and love me, As you did once long ago? In the gloaming, O my darling! Think not bitterly of me! Though I passed away in silence Left you lonely, set you free; For my heart was crushed with longing, What had been could never be; It was best to leave you thus, dear, Best for you and best for me. It was best to leave you thus, Best for you and best for me.

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Rebecca Oswald: In the Gloaming  

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Rebecca Oswald: In the Gloaming  

Available from www.SwirlyMusic.org