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 poemexuberant youthful gaiety and the
sweetness of tender lovein 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."