The Sweepers


The Sweepers

"The Sweepers" is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), and set to music by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1917, as the fourth of a set of four war-related songs on nautical subjects for which he chose the title "The Fringes of the Fleet".

Like the others in the cycle, it is intended for four baritone voices: a solo and chorus. It was originally written with orchestral accompaniment, but was later published to be sung with piano accompaniment.

The poem was called by Kipling "Mine Sweepers".

References

* Michael Kennedy, "Portrait of Elgar" (Oxford University Press, 1968) ISBN 0193154145

External links

* [http://www.kipling.org.uk/rg_seawarfare_fringes_notes.htm Sea Warfare - The Fringes of the Fleet] Notes by Alastair Wilson


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