MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph signed " Charles Gounod ", "When in the early morn", Song, ; title and 2 pages in-fol. of a bifeuillet.
Melody in English for voice and piano. This "Song" [CG 473] is composed on a poem by Edward MAITLAND: "When in the early morn or falling night"..., probably in the autumn of 1871. The poem evokes the prayers of the beloved.
In D flat major, 4/4, with the indication Andante, this 'song' is 52 bars long. The manuscript is carefully scratched in brown ink on 26-line Lard-Esnault paper, with a few corrections by scraping; Gounod also crossed out the words at the end, and wrote new words above the notes. It was used for the edition at Wood & Co; there was no French edition.
The title page of the manuscript bears this dedication: "Composed for and dedicated to George Bentham".
The first autograph sketch is attached, in pencil, with a few notes ironed out in ink (1 page in-fol.).
See Gérard Condé's sensitive comment: "From the light pianistic introduction, in two voices, the convergence of the lines in sympathy offers a symbol of the love relationship. Then the vocal line, with its successive ascents and descents, seems to be inspired by the day that rises, the night that falls, the head that bows, the gaze that rises" (Charles Gounod, Fayard, 2009, p. 746-747).