[Sheet music] Somewhere a Voice is Calling

Accession Number RC10787
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 302
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Measurement Overall: 26 x 36 cm
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Arthur Frank Tate
Newton, Eileen
Place made United Kingdom, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1911
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copyright restrictions apply. Only personal, non-commercial, research and study use permitted. Permission of copyright holder required for any commercial use and/or reproduction.

Sheet music for the song titled, 'Somewhere a voice is calling' with music composed by the British composer Arthur F. Tate and lyrics written by the British poet Eileen Newton. This copy of the music has been published in the key of E flat by J H Larway, of Oxford Street, London. The last two pages of this copy feature lists of new titles by Herbert Oliver and bass/baritone titles available from the publisher, Larway.

The lyrics describe a twilight scene when thoughts have turned to dreams of loved ones, calling from far away. In 1917, Tate wrote an article about the art of song writing with reference to why 'Somewhere a voice is calling', was such a popular song. He commented that the song was written 'by chance', while he was on holiday in Whitby, England. The music took less than an hour to write down and the words were later added by Eileen Newton.

Eileen Newton was a British poet who lived during the First World War and wrote about her experiences. Two of her most well-known poems are 'Last Leave' and 'Revision (For November 11th)', both about the First World War.

Towards the bottom of this page is a sound recording of this sheet music, or a parody, that was created as part of the Music and the First World War project. More information about this recording, including names of the performers, can be found on the catalogue record for the sound recording. A link to the catalogue record for the sound recording can be found at the bottom of this page, under the heading ‘Related objects’ where it can be identified with the prefix [sound recording].