New Love Must Rise: Selected songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang (1867-1972)
Volume II

“Personally, I see in Miss Lang’s compositions such a depth of psychology that I place the general quality of her work above that of any other woman composer…” —Rupert Hughes in Contemporary American Composers, 1900
With “New Love Must Rise,” Delos’ second volume of delightful art songs by Margaret Ruthven Lang, we seek to re-establish this worthy Boston composer’s long-forgotten reputation as the most significant American woman composer of her day. Historically important as the first American female composer to have her music performed by leading American orchestras, she never published (and later destroyed) those works, and stopped composing altogether in mid-life. But her published works – primarily her body of 130 art songs – reveal the rare skill and striking appeal of her art.
Her songs’ exceptional melodic invention and beauty, coupled with imaginative and sophisticated piano support, are superbly realized by tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro – who are on an ardent personal mission to revive interest in her music and restore Lang to her rightful niche in the Pantheon of American musical history. With these two volumes of songs now on CD (future recordings of her choral and piano compositions are planned), the musical public can begin to hear for themselves why Lang’s wonderful music is ripe for rediscovery.

The Garden:
On an April Apple BoughBefore My Lady’s Window, Op.19, No.4In the Greenwood, Op.19, No.2 ▪ In a Garden ▪ The Bird, Op.40, No.3Nameless Pain ▪ Northward, Op.37, No.6 ▪ My Garden, Op.28, No.3 ▪ I Knew the Flowers Had Dreamed of You

The Twilight:
Song in the Songless, Op.38, No.4 ▪ In the Twilight ▪ An Even Psalm, Op.46, No.1 ▪ The Harbor of Dreams, Op.7, No.3In the Night, Op.39, No.3

Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, opp. 42 & 43:
There was an Old Man of Dumbree ▪ There was a Young Lady in Blue ▪ There was a Lady of Parma ▪ There was an Old Person of JoddThere was a Young Lady in whiteThere was a Young Lady whose eyes

Tomorrow and a Lullaby:
To-Morrow, Op.39, No.7 ▪ Lydia, Op.32, No.2 ▪ A Thought, Op.37, No.1Lied der Nebenbuhlerin ▪ Lament, Op.6, No.3 ▪ An Irish Mother’s Lullaby, Op.34 ▪ Night, Op.7, No.1

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Songs Ordered By Difficulty
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The Garden:
On an April Apple BoughBefore My Lady’s Window, Op.19, No.4In the Greenwood, Op.19, No.2In a GardenThe Bird, Op.40, No.3Nameless PainNorthward, Op.37, No.6My Garden, Op.28, No.3I Knew the Flowers Had Dreamed of You

The Twilight:
Song in the Songless, Op.38, No.4In the TwilightAn Even Psalm, Op.46, No.1The Harbor of Dreams, Op.7, No.3In the Night, Op.39, No.3

Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, opp. 42 & 43:
There was an Old Man of DumbreeThere was a Young Lady in BlueThere was a Lady of ParmaThere was an Old Person of JoddThere was a Young Lady in whiteThere was a Young Lady whose eyes

Tomorrow and a Lullaby:
To-Morrow, Op.39, No.7Lydia, Op.32, No.2A Thought, Op.37, No.1Lied der NebenbuhlerinLament, Op.6, No.3An Irish Mother’s Lullaby, Op.34Night, Op.7, No.1

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