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Ms. Horne demands equal time! October 15, 2006

Posted by Jeff in Folk, Music.
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Well, she didn’t demand it, but I did post two Susan Graham arias to Marilyn’s one …

When Marilyn Horne released an album of Stephen Foster songs, it had been years since anyone had performed this music with any style or skill. Foster was the nineteenth-century Irving Berlin, but in our sophisticated age few took him seriously. From 1981:

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,
Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away!

Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea,
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelie;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.

Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

— Music and lyrics by Stephen Foster

And Marilyn is hot, too.

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