Thomas Hardy


Thomas Hardy

1840 - 1928

Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England.

While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author of such novels as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). During his lifetime, Hardy's poetry was acclaimed by younger poets (particularly the Georgians) who viewed him as a mentor. After his death his poems were lauded by Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden and Philip Larkin.

Read some of his poetry here. You can browse, read, and download his novels for free here on Gutenberg Press. If you prefer listening to audiobooks, you can find his books read aloud for free here, on Librivox.

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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.

A Kiss (1992) Op. 15 Ian Venables
Amabel Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
An Ancient to Ancients Hugh Wood
At day-close in November (1853) Op. 52 no.1 Benjamin Britten
At the railway station, Upway - 'The convict and the boy with the violin' (1853) Op. 53 no.7 Benjamin Britten
Before and After Summer Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Before life and after (1853) Op. 52 no.8 Benjamin Britten
Buonaparty (1908) Ralph Vaughan Williams
Channel Firing Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Childhood among the Ferns Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Epeisodia Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Great Things (1925) John Ireland
He Abjures Love Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Her Song (1922) John Ireland
I say I'll seek her Op. 13b Gerald Finzi
In a Churchyard (1935) Op. 15 no.9 Gerald Finzi
In a Wood (1902) Op. 15 Gustav Holst
In the Mind’s Eye Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
In years defaced Gerald Finzi
It never looks like summer here (1956) Op. 19a no.5 Gerald Finzi
Life Laughs Onwards Gerald Finzi
Midnight on the Great Western - 'The journeying boy' (1853) Op. 52 no.2 Benjamin Britten
Overlooking the River Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Part 1 A Young Man's Exhortation (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 1 Budmouth Dears (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 1 Ditty (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 1 Her Temple (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 1 The Comet at Yell'ham (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 2 Former Beauties (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 2 Shortening Days (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 2 The Dance Continued (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 2 The Sigh (1933) Op. 14 Gerald Finzi
Part 2 Transformations Gerald Finzi
Proud Songsters (1935) Op. 15 no.10 Gerald Finzi
Proud Songsters - 'Thrushes, finches and nightingales' (1853) Op. 52 no.6 Benjamin Britten
Summer Schemes (1925) John Ireland
Tell me the Truth About Love Benjamin Britten
The choirmaster's burial - 'The tenor man's story' (1853) Op. 52 no.5 Benjamin Britten
The Clock of the Years (1935) Op. 15 Gerald Finzi
The little old table (1853) Op. 52 no.4 Benjamin Britten
The Market Girl (1922) Arnold Bax
The Night of Trafalgar Ivor Gurney
The Phantom (1936) Gerald Finzi
The Self-Unseeing Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
The Too Short Time Op. 16 Gerald Finzi
Wagtail and baby - 'A satire' (1853) Op. 52 no.3 Benjamin Britten
When I set out for Lyonnesse James Burton
Written on terrestrial things (2003) Judith Weir
Written on Terrestrial Things (2003) Judith Weir

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