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Play The Game - Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs. (c) 2001 Just Accord Music

Selecting Victorian and Edwardian songs has here resulted in a pleasant collection linked with pastimes and sports, most of them from a now distant heyday when life appears to have been positively idyllic, yet punctuated with the comical, although at a slower pace than the compulsive helter skelter now rushing us through each and every day.

If we take the gentle swing of the Eton Boating Song [listen -- track 3, 3:06-4:02] as an example, the rest are of much the same pattern and varied in mood. Few of these are generally known, picked from various collections to represent cycling, rugger, cricket, croquet, tennis, fishing, and more vigorous pastimes such as football, boxing, swimming and mountaineering.

This modest collection does its unusual job well, and is deceptively relaxing in face of some of the action it supports.

Copyright © 31 August 2002 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK


Play The Game - Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs

JUSCD001 DDD Stereo 52'41" 2001 Just Accord Music

Ian Partridge, tenor; Peter Savidge, baritone; Jennifer Partridge, piano; The Song and Supper Club; Andrew Phillips, director

Claud H Hill: Cycling Song; James M Gallatly: A Rugger Song; Algernon Drummond arr Tapp: The Eton Boating Song; Henry Watson: The Glorious Twelfth; Herbert Preston-Thomas: The Cricketer's Carol; Franklin Ardelle: Won't You Come Over and Play Croquet; Harriet Kendall: A Game of Tennis; Henry E Pether: Our Football Supper; Odoardo Barri: The Rival Blues; Harry Ball: The Newmarket Coat; J C Macy: Little Tommy Went A Fishing; Herbert Schartau: Caddie; Charles Coote junior: I Won Her Heart at Billiards; Samuel Corbett: Captain Webb The Champion Swimmer; Leo Kerbusch: Mountaineer Song; Thomas H Chilvers: Boxing Song; Alfred J Silver: A Hunting Morning


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