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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

New World, Second Movement

I have always enjoyed Dvorak's beautiful and moving New World Symphony. I was listening to it a few months ago when a part of the second movement suddenly started sounding familiar. Listen to the part I am talking about here. The melody begins at the 45 second point. A bit of research on the internet revealed that it is the basis for the melody of a song called Going Home which you can hear being sung by the extremely talented Norwegian soprano Sissel by clicking here.

             Sissel Kyrkjebø

However, I knew that wasn't really what was ticking a box in my memory and last Saturday on the very popular BBC radio Saturday morning programme Sounds of the Sixties my search was finally over. Before they had their big hits Sailing (later covered by Rod Stewart) and The Arms of Mary, The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver were known as A New Generation and they had a minor hit with a song that I had always liked at the time called Smokey Blues Away. Take a listen here and you will understand why I liked this poignant, sad song. 
This song, as far as I can tell, is not available on any CD or digital source and vinyl copies are hard to get. So You Tube is one of the only ways to hear it!

12 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bazza - she does have a lovely voice doesn't she - and so glad you found some extra info and leads via Songs of the Sixties - I too enjoy that. Cheers Hilary

bazza said...

Hi Hilary. It was a good experience to find that old half-forgotten sixties song! Now I can't get it out of my head.....

Anonymous said...

Hot from the desk of the appalling, yet fabulous, Sir Tom Eagerly:
Hello Bazza old boy. Not too much into 'pop' music myself. Whatever happened to that nice Mr Rolf Harris chap?

bazza said...

Sir Tom: You are a rascal Sir Tom! Mr Harris is currently unavailable.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

How haunting and beautiful at the same time.

bazza said...

Hi Dixie: This post was originally intended to be about the song, Smokey Blues Away but it turned into being about the New World Symphony. Nothing wrong with that!

Bob said...

This lovely melody was used (abused?) in a Hovis advert many years ago.

bazza said...

Hi Bob. At least the ads present the classics to a wider audience than it usually would have. I hope you enjoyed all three versions of the melody. Nice to hear from you!

klahanie said...

Hi Barry,

Beautiful and moving, describes it so well. Thanks for that, old chap!

Gazza!

bazza said...

My pleasure sir, thanks for visiting :-)

Sherry Ellis said...

I love Dvorak's New World Symphony, too. I really enjoy playing it.

bazza said...

Hello Sherry. Which instrument do you play it on? By the way, did you listen to the song afterwards? If so, did you understand what it was about; it takes a few listens!