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Program Notes

The Hounds of Spring


Alfred Reed, composer

Based on the poem "Atalanta in Calydon" by Algernon Charles Swinburne, Alfred Reed’s concert overture The Hounds of Spring is an attempt to capture the twin elements of the poem—exuberant youthful gaiety and the sweetness of tender love—in an appropriate musical texture. The poem, a recreation in modern English verse of an Ancient Greek tragedy, appeared in print in 1865. The opening verse of the poem reads, "When the hounds of spring are on winters traces/The mother of months in meadow or plain/Fills the shadows and windy places/With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain."

—published score


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