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In this song we hear the desolation and hopelessness of winter and emigration. This, and the next track, represents an on-going phenomenon in our island culture, emigration. Over the generations we have had waves of emigration as young people leave in search of work or adventure. The song was published in 1907. Libretto is by Henri de Régnier (1864-1936) and the song is dedicated to Jacques Durand (1865-1928).
Performers are Elspeth Hayes (mezzo-soprano) and Mairéad Hurley (piano)
Hayes, E., Hurley, M. Les grande vents venus d'outremerin Western Wind, a music cd recorded in Dublin at the DIT Conservatory of Music, 2015. Running time 2.32.