Critical Words: George Bernard Shaw’s “Fave Song”

Gramophone, the UK-based classical music magazine, asked the good and the great for their “favorite song” in a piece in 1926. They’ve put the archive article up on their web site, and it is a blast from the Anglophile past. Not to be picky, but I strongly suspect that Noël Coward knew how to spell Lorenz Hart’s first name correctly though…

Interesting to browse, and GBS’s answer will not disappoint his many fans, of which I am one.

One of the choices, a setting of Masefield’s Sea Fever by John Ireland was news to me, and quite lovely it is. Here is a rendition by the great British baritone Thomas Allen.

The number of people from non-musical walks of life who talk about Mozart, Bach, and Gluck as their favorites is striking, and would not be the same today. So what’s your favorite song?

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