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Alison Truefitt (1942-2020) was touched by genius. During a life sadly curtailed by dementia she managed to cram in five different careers, in all of which she operated at the highest level. As a young woman leaving University, she became Education Correspondent at the London Evening Standard. This she abandoned in 1971 to found the White Lion Street Free School in London, which broke the mould of traditional education and influenced generations of theorists. Then she moved on to pursue a lifelong dream of being a professional musician, enrolling in her thirties at the royal Academy of Music and emerging a world-class singer, as you will hear on this album. And, entering her fifties, she combined two further parallel careers, saving the community shop in her local village in Wales (for which she was awarded an MBE) and fulfilling her potential as a writer of poems, stories and novels. The song cycles offered here show Truefitt at various stages of her singing life. The Gurney was recorded in 1981: here is a young voice, fresh and ingenue. The Dodgson cycle shows her at the height of her vocal powers, the instrument mature and golden. The Smart Songs - poems about the vagaries of being an old woman and a woman poet - were recorded when she was 70, tailored to Truefitt's persona and to her voice as it was at that time, still wonderful with an undiminished interpretational genius.
Alison Truefitt (1942-2020) was touched by genius. During a life sadly curtailed by dementia she managed to cram in five different careers, in all of which she operated at the highest level. As a young woman leaving University, she became Education Correspondent at the London Evening Standard. This she abandoned in 1971 to found the White Lion Street Free School in London, which broke the mould of traditional education and influenced generations of theorists. Then she moved on to pursue a lifelong dream of being a professional musician, enrolling in her thirties at the royal Academy of Music and emerging a world-class singer, as you will hear on this album. And, entering her fifties, she combined two further parallel careers, saving the community shop in her local village in Wales (for which she was awarded an MBE) and fulfilling her potential as a writer of poems, stories and novels. The song cycles offered here show Truefitt at various stages of her singing life. The Gurney was recorded in 1981: here is a young voice, fresh and ingenue. The Dodgson cycle shows her at the height of her vocal powers, the instrument mature and golden. The Smart Songs - poems about the vagaries of being an old woman and a woman poet - were recorded when she was 70, tailored to Truefitt's persona and to her voice as it was at that time, still wonderful with an undiminished interpretational genius.
7141148049070

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Format: CD
Label: IMPORTS
Rel. Date: 09/08/2023
UPC: 7141148049070

Memorial Album: Songs By Gurney Dodgson & Runswick
Artist: Alison Truefitt
Format: CD
New: Available $12.99
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DISC: 1

1. Spoken Introduction By Alison Truefitt
2. Five Elizabethan Songs I. Orpheus with His Lute
3. Five Elizabethan Songs II. Tears
4. Five Elizabethan Songs III. Under the Greenwood Tree
5. Five Elizabethan Songs IV. Sleep
6. Five Elizabethan Songs V. Spring
7. Gipsy Songs I. a Tattered Nation
8. Gipsy Songs II. Ptolemys Bell
9. Gipsy Songs III. the Lord Treasurers Fortune Is Told
10. Gipsy Songs IV. the Faery Beam Upon You
11. Smart Songs I. a Bell
12. Smart Songs II. Trying to Write
13. Smart Songs III. Two Movements
14. Smart Songs IV. Old Woman Flying
15. Smart Songs V. Interlude
16. Smart Songs VI. the Muse
17. Smart Songs VII. Shattered Garden
18. Smart Songs VIII. Treacherous

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Alison Truefitt (1942-2020) was touched by genius. During a life sadly curtailed by dementia she managed to cram in five different careers, in all of which she operated at the highest level. As a young woman leaving University, she became Education Correspondent at the London Evening Standard. This she abandoned in 1971 to found the White Lion Street Free School in London, which broke the mould of traditional education and influenced generations of theorists. Then she moved on to pursue a lifelong dream of being a professional musician, enrolling in her thirties at the royal Academy of Music and emerging a world-class singer, as you will hear on this album. And, entering her fifties, she combined two further parallel careers, saving the community shop in her local village in Wales (for which she was awarded an MBE) and fulfilling her potential as a writer of poems, stories and novels. The song cycles offered here show Truefitt at various stages of her singing life. The Gurney was recorded in 1981: here is a young voice, fresh and ingenue. The Dodgson cycle shows her at the height of her vocal powers, the instrument mature and golden. The Smart Songs - poems about the vagaries of being an old woman and a woman poet - were recorded when she was 70, tailored to Truefitt's persona and to her voice as it was at that time, still wonderful with an undiminished interpretational genius.
        
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