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The silver swan
Orlando Gibbons Lyrics

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Miranda Sex Garden the silver swan who living had no note when death approache…
Sol Invictus The silver swan, who living had no note, When death approac…

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I remember singing this in Birmingham England (and some surrounding areas) decades ago with a madrigal choir. As enjoyable to perform as to hear. I would love to perform this again.

Michel Krauss

Delicious finding ! Brings me back to School, in Eb of course, didn't have a G! Had it later though.

Minna Rose Ahlers

A excellent recital with an easily followed score which is the epitome of clarity.

Bruce Williams

This was the first madrigal I learned when I joined Melbourne University Choral Society in 1956. The haunting sadness of its words and music has never left me.
Thank you for the beautiful performance.


My first too!


A beautiful madrigal very well sung. I would have liked to hear the alto part a bit more... it would have been difficult to follow without a score.

Alan Adlington

Beautiful, a pleasure to hear a madrigal sung with such a lovely tone and balance, and at a perfect pace by each part

Gabriela Graneros

Credo del 1600... Meraviglioso, triste poema de Gibbons!!!! ❤

Hudson Bailey

Heavenly a lift as the hymn and choir are superlative.

Hudson Bailey

Angst can be allayed to greater or even small degree by a good read or elegant music, thank you, Andrea Scalia.

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