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Mrs Hargreaves remembers

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Mrs Hargreaves remembers / music: Martin Wesley-Smith ; words: Lewis Carroll, Martin Wesley-Smith, Peter Wesley-Smith.

by Martin Wesley-Smith (1997)


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see http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/~mwsmith/hargreaves.html

In 1932, 79-year-old Mrs Reginald Hargreaves travelled to America from her native England to receive an honorary doctorate from Columbia University in New York. It was the centenary of Lewis Carroll's birth, and Mrs Hargreaves, before marriage to crack county cricketer Reggie, had been Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's best-known nonsense classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass - and What Alice Found There. The doctorate was in recognition of her role in the creation of those masterpieces of English literature.

This piece depicts (quite fancifully) Mrs Hargreaves, the night before the degree is to be conferred, having a massage while rehearsing her acceptance speech. She soon wanders from what she had prepared and reminisces, with great fondness, about her childhood friend the Rev'rend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll's real self). Her main focus is his depiction of himself as the White Knight in Through the Looking-Glass.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins

The composer states this work is:

tonal, melodic, very singable

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720111-78-0

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Soprano with chamber ensemble


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'Mrs Hargreaves Remembers' for voice and piano - review

Posted by Cathy Aggett [] on 20 May, 2011


“Mrs Hargreaves Remembers” by Martin Wesley-Smith, with words by Lewis Carroll, Martin Wesley-Smith and Peter Wesley-Smith, is a song with changes in metre, tempo and style (including ‘swing’). The delivery of text in this song – always central in a Wesley-Smith song – increases the degree of difficulty of the song. The quirky idea of having Mrs Hargreaves /Alice Liddell - aka Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ sing (fancifully) about having a degree conferred on her whilst having a massage – wow! The Wesley-Smith boys have definitely asked a lot of a soprano! Will you sing it in a towel? Dare you!  

Thank you for answering my plea, Martin, to place this score on the AMC’s website. It is a welcome addition to the vocal literature for voice and piano. The range of the song is from A3-G#5. A short appearance in the song of ‘For more than sixty years’ from Boojum is timely as the success of the revival of Boojum was accepted with such acclaim in Chicago so recently.