#22: Short(ish) Notes on Rebecca Clarke’s Old English Songs

Today we’re exploring the music of one of my favourite composers – Rebecca Clarke! We’re focusing on her Three Old English Songs for violin and voice, which feature some of the most catchy tunes known to mankind.


Clarke’s Three Old English Songs are:

‘It was a Lover and his Lass’

‘Phillis on the New Made Hay’

‘The Tailor and his Mouse’

There are multiple recordings of her Viola Sonata, a piece we can’t recommend enough:

This episode is in association with Nkoda, a score-reading app available on subscription. We have a discount available for Notes on Notes listeners (£7.99/month), so if you’d like to find out more about Nkoda or sign up with our discount, then please go to our landing page on Nkoda’s website.

You can find out more about Clarke’s life and music through the Rebecca Clarke Society. There are links to her music, as well as to the writing by Liane Curtis discussed in the podcast.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).


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