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SONG-CYCLE AND SHORT SONG 293
Irish songs have also had a considerable vogue, which is somewhat remarkable from the fact that he has never been in Ireland ; but, as he once said himself, he has "an Irish wife, which is the next best thing to being Irish oneself."
An interesting point about Lbhr's songs is the fact that he always keeps constantly in his eye the singers he intends to write for. With the exception of his song albums, he nearly always writes his songs for some definite artist. It is noteworthy that the early ambitions of this composer were all in the direction of orchestral works and opera. "But," he says, "I soon found I could never live on such work in this country, and so I took to song-writing."
Two other song-cycles that should find a place here are William Wallace's Freebooter Songs and H. Lane Wilson's Floras Holiday. Lane Wilson is, of course, well known as a singer and as a composer of old English lyrics, of which, to mention only one, " Phillis has such charming graces" is such a delightful example.
One of the latest additions to the ranks of composers of the song-cycle is Herbert Bunning, whose Roses and Rue was produced quite recently. Bunning has long been known as a composer of popular songs, of which perhaps the most