George Gordon, Lord Byron


George Gordon, Lord Byron

1788 - 1824

George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS , commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty".

Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read and influential. He travelled widely across Europe, especially in Italy where he lived for seven years. Later in life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which many Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died in 1824 at the young age of 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi. Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in life for his aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs - with men as well as women, as well as rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister - and self-imposed exile.

He also fathered Ada, Countess of Lovelace, whose work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine is considered a founding document in the field of computer science, and Allegra Byron, who died in childhood — as well as, possibly, Elizabeth Medora Leigh out of wedlock.

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Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

Alles ist eitel, spricht der Prediger (1823) Op. 4 no.4 Carl Loewe
Aus den „Hebräischen Gesängen“ (1840) Op. 25 no.15 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann
Die Weinende (1827) WoO121 no.2 vii.1827 Robert Schumann
Duša moja mračna. Skorej, pevec, skorej! ('Hebrew Melody') (1859) Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
In ein Stammbuch Max Reger
Keine gleicht von allen Schönen Hugo Wolf
Keine vor der Erde Schönen (1833) Felix Mendelssohn
Maid of Athens (1872) Charles Gounod
My boat is on the shore Henry Rowley Bishop
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless' (1897) Op. 41 no.1 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
On Parting Issac Nathan
Pesn' Saula pered boem ('King Saul') (1863) Modest Mussorgsky
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song' (1882) Op. 26 no.4 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
So we’ll go no more a roving (1888) Maude Valérie White
Sonne der Schlummerlosen Hugo Wolf
The Bird of Love George Alexander Lee
There be none of Beauty’s daughters Op. 24 no.1 Roger Quilter
There’s not an eye will weep for me George Alexander Lee
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted' (1882) Op. 26 no.1 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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