|Toi et Moi
Five Songs for Baritone and Piano
|Date of composition||October/November 1951|
|Type of work||Concert music|
|Musical forces||Baritone and Piano|
|First performance||2nd April 1952|
|First performance information||John Frost (bass-baritone) and Carey Blyton (piano) at the first Beckenham Salon public concert, Old Council Offices, Beckenham|
|Notes||Songs are: 1. Doute; 2. Dualisme; 3. Post-Scriptum; 4. Habitude; 5. Mea Culpa (French words)|
Stephen Roberts, Baritone • Jennifer Partridge, Piano
|V: Mea culpa|
|From the CD Carey Blyton: The Early Songs|
John (Jack) Frost, Baritone • Carey Blyton, Piano
|V: Mea culpa|
|We apologise for the extremely poor sound quality; the original recording was made on 78 RPM shellac disc and later transferred onto low-quality audio cassette, with the result that it suffered from both the hisses and pops of vinyl and the muffled sound of tape. Attempts were made to clean up the audio during computer transfer, but the scope for improvement was strictly limited.|
They were all written when he was only nineteen, and are remarkable productions for such early work.
—Michael Pilkington, Singing
…the setting of Paul Géraldy’s poem Doute can be recommended in advance as the work of a serious and sensitive composer.
—Beckenham Journal, 12th October 1951
The relatively simple accompaniments enhanced Blyton’s keen sense of melodic line; these songs seemed well-written for the voice and gave an effect of their composer’s having achieved his intention.
—Beckenham Journal, 11th April 1952
…is, from any standpoint, a superb miniature…
—Richard Terry, The Croydon Advertiser, 27th June 1968
It is sad to recall that this work, written as long ago as 1951, had to wait until 1968 for its second performance. Such delightful music … should have been more welcome than it seems to have been…
—Norman Harvey, Kentish Times, 28th June 1968