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Written during a prolonged stay in Bavaria during the second half of 1909, the poems chosen for this song cycle form a narrative arc that traces multiple themes — love and death, the natural world, childhood innocence and the faery, music and song — that preoccupied Mansfield throughout her writing life, moving away from fin-de-siecle symbolism towards the neo-romanticism and early modernism of continental Europe.
—Programme note courtesy of Atoll Records—
- The Earth-Child in the Grass
- The Opal Dream Cave
- Very Early Spring
- A little wind crept round the house
- There Was a Child Once
Text by Katherine Mansfield (from her 1910 collection, The Earth Child).