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James Joyce at the Piano in Paris, 1939 James Joyce: Music in the Novels and Poems
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From CD #1:
I'll Sing Thee Songs of Araby

Music by Frederick Clay;
words by W.G. Wills

Liner Notes

This piece may very well have been the inspiration for Joyce's short story "Araby," which is part of Dubliners. Indeed, the story does refer to an actual fair that took place in Dublin in May 1894. But Joyce did know and utilize the song of the same name in Finnegans Wake, and its lyrics completely fit the courtly love motif upon which the short story is based. At the end of the story, the adolescent protagonist finds himself in a darkened hall with all his dreams of Araby and Eastern enchantment dashed.
[from CD liner notes, contributed by Prof. Zack Bowen]

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