On Wings of Song – October 25, 1985 | St. George's Hall, Toronto
Songs of travel - to many times and countries

date: October 25, 1985

To cast a wider net for our new performing group, we developed this programme specifically for touring.  The repertoire was deliberately diverse and in a number of languages.  Narrative links were provided from the letters or memoirs of writers or composers, or by other figures such as Queen Victoria.  After we took part in the Ontario Arts Council’s “Contact” event in October 1985, a number of further appearances across the province materialised.  This performance for Toronto’s St. George’s Society served as a preview.  As personnel varied, the programme would be adapted from date to date.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Geographical Fugue (Gesprochene Musik) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, bass Toch, Ernst Toch, Ernst
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op.34/2 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich
Das Wandern, D795/1 (Die schöne Müllerin) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Müller, Wilhelm
Liebesbotschaft, D959/1 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Rellstab, Ludwig
Anzoleta avanti la regata (La regata veneziana: Péchés de vieillesse) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Piave, Francesco Maria
The Tale of the Oyster Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
En svane, Op.25/2 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Grieg, Edvard Ibsen, Henrik
Flickan kam ifrån sin älsklings möte, Op.37/5 Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Sibelius, Jean Runeberg, Johan Ludvig
Voyage à Paris (Banalités) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Early in the morning Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rorem, Ned Hillyer, Robert
Cortège burlesque Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel n/a
Les Chemins de l’amour (Léocadia) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Anouilh, Jean
INTERMISSION
Marche écossaise Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Ye banks and braes Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Liddell, Claire Burns, Robert
Bredon Hill (Bredon Hill and other songs) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
Sally in our Alley (Two Old English Songs) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Bridge, Frank n/a
The Warthog Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Swann, Donald Flanders, Michael
My Own Country Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Warlock, Peter Belloc, Hilaire
Un Canadien errant Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano French-Canadian folksong, arr. Greer, John Gérin-Lajoie, Antoine
Vive la Canadienne! – quodlibet Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Voyageur songs, arr. Greer, John anon.
Why do the wrong people travel? (Sail Away)   – ENCORE Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Coward, Sir Noël Coward, Sir Noël