Roger Quilter: It was a lover and his lass

Written by nyfos

May 7, 2018

In anticipation of NYFOS’s program Lyrics by Shakespeare, performed on August 8 as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, we are featuring a week of songs inspired by Shakespeare on Song of the Day. Get your tickets today!

Today, before we reach full-blown summer in the city, a moment for Spring! While it’s Gene Wilder’s version of this text that gets stuck in my head each year at the first scent of hyacinth, let’s enjoy Roger Quilter’s more artful setting of “It was a lover and his lass”, performed by Dame Janet Baker and Gerald Moore.


New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) is a non-profit, concert-giving organization based in Manhattan that has been delighting audiences and dazzling critics for over two decades. Newsday has rightly called NYFOS “the most reliably excellent musical organization in New York.” NYFOS performances feature some of the world’s finest vocal talents, both established and emerging, in high-energy ensemble productions with repertoire ranging from art song and opera to Broadway and the blues.


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