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A Shadow's on the Sundial
Virginia Glee Club
Released 1972
Recorded 1971-1972
Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia
Genre Classical music

A Shadow's on the Sundial was a record album recorded by the Virginia Glee Club during the 1971-1972 season and released to finance their first European tour.

Track listing[]

Side one[]



  • O Jesu perpetua lux
  • O proles Hispaniae
  • Laus regi plena gaudio
  • Si quaeris miracula

CANTATE DOMINODietrich Buxtehude

Side Two[]


  • Love is a green girl
  • Alas, alack!
  • By the farmer’s fields
  • A shadow’s on the sundial

1. The God who gave us life
4. I shall not die without a hope



Assisted by:

  • John Pherson, guitar
  • Dean J. DeBuck, guitar
  • Edward Wine, percussion
  • John Burwasser, bassoon
  • David Ritchie, bass
  • Howard Hanson, piano

Liner notes[]

Among songs rightly belonging to the University are the compositions included here by two of the University’s formerly vigorous musical leaders, David Davis and Randall Thompson. David Davis, a former director of the Glee Club, set the Summer Songs in 1968, drawing his poems from The Owl’s Parasol by Michael B. Stillman, business manager of the Glee Club, 1961-1963. Randall Thompson composed The Testament of Freedom in honor of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, father of the University. Dedicated to the Glee Club, the work was first performed on Founder's Day, April 13, 1943. The following texts from the writings of Mr. Jefferson constitute the two movements of Thompson’s work recorded here.

The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy but cannot disjoin them. –A Summary View of the Rights of British American (1774) I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on steady advance … And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them … The flames kindled on the 4th of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. — Letter to John Adams, Monticello

Added recently to the repertory of Virginiana is the song “Vir-ir-gin-i-a” on stanzas by Arthur Kyle Davis, Jr. The music recommended by Professor Davis is Handel’s, as it was adapted by John Pepusch for Peter Gay’s satirical Beggar’s Opera. The harmonization and arrangement is Professor Loach’s. On April 11, 1968, Professor Davis sang his new song before the Jefferson Society, to whom he dedicated it.

EARLY HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA GLEE CLUBEver since Thomas Jefferson, the “Sage of Monticello,” founded the University, bands of troubadours have reaffirmed his assertion that “music is the favorite passion of my soul.” The Carr’s Hill Glee Club, a notorious group active in 1861, is the earliest known. Ten years later the men of Cabell House organized the forerunner of today’s Glee Club and received special commendation, in The University of Virginia Magazine (1871):

There is one point on which we are deficient, and that is college musical groups. There is no lack of instrumental talent among us, as clearly evidenced by the soft, plaintive strains of violin music which frequently enter at the back window of our sanctum. We are not wanting in vocal powers, as proven by the deep sounds that rise in sweet cadence from below us, and also by the sudden outbursts of Shoofly, Upudee, Little Brown Jug, and other melodies that occasionally startle “the drowsy ear of night.” But there seems to be little disposition to collect this scattered talent. We know of but one exception to this rule. Those gentlemen rooming at the Cabell House, and in that neighborhood, have made great efforts, and we understand tolerably successful ones, to form a Glee Club. They certainly deserve great credit, and they should also command the hearty cooperation and good wishes of all who are not fit “for stratagems and spoils.”

Renamed the Claribel Club, the group embarked on its first officially approved tour in 1874. Later it merged with other organizations, became the Glee, Mandolin and Banjo Club, and continued to tour, visiting Atlanta, New Orleans, Lousiville, St. Louis, and New York. The University Glee Club emerged out of this organization in 1893 under the brilliant leadership of the Chapel’s organist, Harrison Randolph. In 1915 it was re-organized, after a brief decline, by Professor Hall-Quest, who modeled it after his alma mater’s at Princeton. His successors, including Henry Rogers Pratt, Stephen Tuttle, Donald MacInnis, David Davis, and Donald Loach, have kept the Glee Club vigorous by continually renewing its musical spirit. This recording is issued as part of the Glee Club’s Centennial Celebration.

External links[]

This article has more context at Jarrett House North, the blog of the historian of the Virginia Glee Club Alumni and Friends Association.