Three Housman Settings
composer: David Barton
Text: A. E. Housman
Mezzo-soprano or baritone, piano
There are many well-known musical settings of poems from A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman. The poems, originally published in 1896, portrayed rural life and young men's premature deaths; they became particularly popular during the First World War. There is one line which, for the composer, continues to resonate in our age: "East and west on fields forgotten." Ninety years after the end of the First World War, and with wars still rife around the world, it seems relevant that like those who were killed, these poems should also not be forgotten.