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     Last Rose of Summer, The

    (Thomas Moore/Sir John Stevenson)


    This was originally a poem written by the Irish poet Thomas Moore at Jenkinstown Park, County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1805.  The poem was set to music by Sir John Stevenson and eventually published in the Thomas Moore collection Irish Melodies (1807-1834).  The first time it really came to public attention was in the 1847 opera Martha written by Friedrich von Flotow, and since then it has been used by Leroy Anderson in his Irish Suite and recorded by artists such as Charlotte Church, the Irish Tenors and Celtic Woman.


    Boston Pops Orchestra recordings

    RCA 60746-2-RG (CD: Irish Night at the Pops)

    Conductor - Arthur Fiedler


    Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings

    Telarc CD-80571 (CD: A Celtic Spectacular)

    Conductor - Erich Kunzel

    Arranger - Leroy Anderson

    Tenor - John McDermott

    Fiddle - Liz Knowles

    Silver Arm Celtic Band

    Pipes - Kieran O'Hare


    Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra recordings

    Mercury 434 376-2 (CD: Fennell Conducts the Music Of Leroy Anderson and Eric Coates)

    Conductor  - Frederick Fennell


    Richard Hayman and His Orchestra recordings

    Naxos 8.555016 (CD: Irish Rhapsody)


    Naxos 8.990018 (CD: Irish Rhapsody)





    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Rose_of_Summer
    2. http://www.leroy-anderson.com/html/hearthemusic.htm
    3. http://www.pbs.org/sleighride/Video&Music/Compositions_ISuite.htm














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