Greenery

 

Title,
voicing,
timing,
complexity
Description Links Number,
Price Band
SATB
1m 40s
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 1. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I was born and brought up on the beautiful Isle of Islay'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1506
A
SAA
1m 40s
*
'I was born and brought up on the beautiful Isle of Islay'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1519
A
SSA
40m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 15 pieces.
Here is a unique sequence of Ukrainian carols such as might be sung by a party of singers going from house to house to celebrate Christmas and to entertain — in hope of the traditional reward. Some focus on the Christmas story; others are wholly secular — flattering, flirtatious or wheedling to extract the best of hospitality from their host. The entire set takes about forty minutes, but shorter selections can be very effective in performance.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
4027-41
G
SATB
40m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 15 pieces.
Here is a unique sequence of Ukrainian carols such as might be sung by a party of singers going from house to house to celebrate Christmas and to entertain — in hope of the traditional reward. Some focus on the Christmas story; others are wholly secular — flattering, flirtatious or wheedling to extract the best of hospitality from their host. The entire set takes about forty minutes, but shorter selections can be very effective in performance. We provide both the original Ukrainian words and an English singing translation.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
4042-56
G
SATB
1m 00s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's version of this ancient and joyful carol has a modal flavour and makes a vigorous start to his sequence of carols.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (trans. Dearmer).
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4011
A
SAA
1m 00s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's version of this ancient and joyful carol has a modal flavour and makes a vigorous start to his sequence of carols.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (trans. Dearmer).
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4067
A
SATB, optional piano
1m 45s
**
A rousing pagan carol for a mid-winter concert, welcoming Odin (the Wanderer, or All-Father) to the feast. Created by the director of the Orpheus pagan choir in Colorado. Also available for TB.
Music: Trad. arr. Andrew Adams. Words: Andrew Adams.
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4062
B
TB, optional piano
1m 45s
**
A rousing pagan carol for a mid-winter concert, welcoming Odin (the Wanderer, or All-Father) to the feast. Created by the director of the Orpheus pagan choir in Colorado. Also available for SATB.
Music: Trad. arr. Andrew Adams. Words: Andrew Adams.
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4063
B
SAB
3m 00s
**
This stirring song by Robert Burns, written in 1795, extols the worth of the poor yet honest man above that of lords and princes. The three-part arrangement is easy to learn and gives the tune to different voices from verse to verse.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1043
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
A warmly harmonised setting of traditional Manx words, featuring separate female and male voice verses and full SATB refrains.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2020
B
SSA
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4033
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4048
B
SATB
2m 00s
*
An ideal concert finisher or encore, featuring the classic Irish mix of tears and beers. 'So fill to me the parting glass; goodnight, and joy be with you all..'
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2001
B
SAB & organ
3m 00s
*
A simple and beautifully structured prayer for peace, based on words from the Scottish Psalter of 1650.
Music: David Barton. Words: Scottish Psalter of 1650.
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5022
B
SATB
5m 30s
***
This is a set consisting of 4 pieces.
Four settings of medieval English texts, mixing old and new idioms. A rousing modal opening number is followed by a melting and beautiful lullaby, a delicate and innocent version of the famous poem I sing of a maiden that is makeless (using treble voices only), and a fast and exciting In excelsis gloria. See individual titles for details.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
4011-4
E
SAA
5m 30s
***
This is a set consisting of 4 pieces.
Four settings of medieval English texts, mixing old and new idioms. A rousing modal opening number is followed by a melting and beautiful lullaby, a delicate and innocent version of the famous poem I sing of a maiden that is makeless, and a fast and exciting In excelsis gloria. See individual titles for details.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
4066
E
SATB chorus with descant, treble solo, children’s choir,
4m 30s
***
A charming narrative anthem for the adventurous church or school choir, telling the Christmas story from the point of view of one of the shepherds.
Music: Richard Nye. Words: Mandy Anson.
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4026
E
SATB, piano
4m 45s
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An ecstatic paean to light — “heart-sweetening, eye-kissing light” — by the major Bengali poet, composer, playwright, artist and author Rabindranath Tagore.
Music: Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Rabindranath Tagore.
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3054
D
SATB
3m 00s
**
A richly harmonised setting of Robert Burns' famous song about the pain of parting with 'no regrets'. SATB with quartet verse and optional soli.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1001
C
SSAA
3m 00s
**
A richly harmonised setting of Robert Burns' famous song about the pain of parting with 'no regrets'.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1050
C
TBB, piano
2m 45s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
All for me grog (also known as Across the Western ocean) is a delightfully rambling grumble about worn boots, torn clothes, lack of sleep, lack of money and other privations of life on board ship.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2044
B
SSATB
2m 00s
**
A youth is absorbed in thoughts of his love-life. Delightful Russian folk song with a catchy tune.
Music: trad. Russian arr. Irina Walters. Words: trad. Russian and Sheena Phillips.
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2061
D
SATB
3m 00s
***
A new jazz setting that builds up from quiet 5-part harmony in verse 1 to a rollicking finale of tune, descant, and two decorative jazz lines above a ground of tenor and bass. Guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: John Newton.
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5003
C
solo voice or choir, equal or mixed voices
3m 00s
**
Free-flowing setting of Kathleen Raine's ecstatic paean to the natural world. For solo voice or choir, equal or mixed voices.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Kathleen Raine.
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3047
C
SA
2m 00s
***
This is included in the set Dàn nan ròn. It is not sold as an individual piece.
The second song in the suite is a love song addressed to a woman who has disappeared, selkie-like, at sea
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Rody Gorman.
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1517b
SA, organ
2m 30s
**
Traditional Irish blessings in a lovely arrangement for treble voices that would grace any wedding.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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3037
B
SATB
2m 20s
**
A new take on traditional Irish blessings, with mixed meter (3/4, 4/4) and a calm, expansive feel. Perfect for weddings or partings.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: traditional.
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3059
C
SATB
0m 50s (sung twice through)
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 2. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
He'd love to go off with the tall tailoress, but unfortunately he has an extremely unpleasant wife to dispose of first! Trad.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1509
A
SSA
1m 40s
***
This is included in the set Sea Pieces. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A portrayal of the ever-shifting and apparently infinite sea.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3045b
SATB
4m 00s
**
Yes, it has verses, good ones too! There is more to Burns' famous song of enduring friendship than its well-known first twenty-odd words. It's traditional for Hogmanay (New Year), but it can (and should) be sung at any time of year.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1024
B
SATB divisi
3m 20s
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'Aurora rutilat lucis prenuncia...' ('Dawn glows red, heralding daylight'). Atmospheric and soaring setting of a text honouring the 6th century Scottish St Columba, based on a Medieval plainchant.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: From the Inchcolm Antiphoner.
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5001
C
Soprano solo
1m 30s
**
This is included in the set Two soprano motets. It is not sold as an individual piece.
(Words in Latin) Two beautiful motets by Philip Wood for solo soprano voice.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Trad.
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5019b
Soprano solo
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Two soprano motets. It is not sold as an individual piece.
(Words in Latin) Two beautiful motets by Philip Wood for solo soprano voice.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Trad.
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5019a
TTB
3m 00s
**
This is included in the set Two Welsh carols. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A strong carol for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition.
Music: Trad. Welsh melody, arranged by Sheena Phillips. Words: English by K.E.Roberts (1877-1962), based on the original Welsh.
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4057
SATB
2m 40s
*
'Sleep I can get nane, for thinkin on my dearie...' A simple setting of Burns' plaintive song of sorrow and night wakefulness.
Music: 17th c. anon. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1003
B
SATB
2m 00s
*
'O! Shairly ye hae seen my love doun whaur the waters wind?' A short, stark ballad about the disappearance of a fisherman. Words by Perthshire poet William Soutar.
Music: Ernest Buck (1908-1975), arr. Michael Buck. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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1004
B
SATB
2m 30s
*
This is included in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A mysterious and chilling story, allegedly based on a true incident in which a 20th century visitor to Iona was found dead by the fairy mound.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
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1020
B
SATB with S and T soli
3m 40s
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'I come from hevin heich to tell the best nowells that e'er befell.' A plangent and flowing arrangement of a 16th century Scottish lullaby to the Christ child. Text based on a Scots translation of Martin Luther's hymn Vom Himmel Hoch.
Music: 16th C. anon. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (16th century).
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1019
C
SATB
3m 00s
**
A beautiful and flowing arrangement of the well known traditional song.
Music: Trad. arr. Richard John. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2028
C
voicing flexible
*
This is included in the set Five forest rounds. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Emily Doolittle, Neil Banas and Sheena Phillips.
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3043d
voicing flexible
*
This is included in the set Five forest rounds. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Emily Doolittle, Neil Banas and Sheena Phillips.
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3043e
voicing flexible
*
This is included in the set Five forest rounds. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Emily Doolittle, Neil Banas and Sheena Phillips.
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3043c
SATB, optional soprano recorder & violin
2m 00s
**
“I've been a-rambling all the night ...” A foot-stomping folk-style arrangement, with optional soprano recorder and violin parts to spice things up further.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
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2032
C
SSATBB
2m 10s
**
An English language version of Senfl's lively depiction of bell-ringing in a Rhineland town, including onomatopeoic bell sounds and conversation between the bell-ringers. Great fun to learn and perform.
Music: Ludwig Senfl (c.1486 — 1543). Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3046
C
TBarB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Three cowboy songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A retelling of the famous ballad, collected by Alan Lomax, of gunfighter and outlaw Billy the Kid.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2056
C
equal or mixed voices
9m 20s
***
This is a set consisting of 4 pieces.
Four varied rounds about birds - from the humble sparrow to the majestic eagle, chattering linnet to soaring skylark. Texts by four different poets and music by Beethoven, Caldara and Sheena Phillips.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: .
3048-51
E
TBB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Second in the set is Blood red roses, a long haul shanty with pairs of rising and falling phrases and a colourful refrain.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2041
B
SATB
1m 00s
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 3. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
The old shepherd enjoys a drink and has to be put to bed. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1511
A
TBB, piano
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Boney is a cheerful and scathing narrative of Napoleon's adventures in Europe and his eventual defeat at the hands of the British.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2042
B
SATB
2m 40s
*
“Think them poorest who can be a slave, them richest who dare to be free.” This is a stirring song about the value of friendship and honour, based on traditional words from Scotland's Border country, which used to be home to bitter feuds between rival families as well as tensions between the Scots and the English.
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
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1013
B
SSAA
2m 40s
*
“Think them poorest who can be a slave, them richest who dare to be free.” This is a stirring song about the value of friendship and honour, based on traditional words from Scotland's Border country, which used to be home to bitter feuds between rival families as well as tensions between the Scots and the English.
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
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1051
B
SSAA
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2047
B
TTBB
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2048
B
SSAB
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2059
B
SATB
1m 00s (sung twice through)
**
This is included in the set Mouth music set 1. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Skinny Donald wears a long coat and short trousers, and it's about time his hair saw a comb. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1505
A
SSAA
1m 45s
**
This is included in the set Knitting patterns. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 — 1767) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3042b
SSA
0m 20s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4037
B
SATB
0m 20s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4052
B
treble voices (unison) and piano
2m 20s
*
This is included in the set Two carols for treble voices. It is not sold as an individual piece.
“Will the tree be dressed and lit?” “Will the star be in the sky?” Images of candles and quietly sung Alleluias form the backdrop for a series of hushed but excited questions about Christmas. Revised edition (2012).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Jean Kenward (1920–).
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4006
SSA
0m 25s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4038
B
SATB
0m 25s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4053
B
SSA
0m 30s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4039
B
SATB
0m 30s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4054
B
SATB
1m 40s
*
'Up in the morning early's no for me' - especially when it's a cold, cold wind that blows. A brisk wintry song with a folk feel. This little tune won a prize at a composition contest for settings of Robert Burns!
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1005
B
SATB, optional flute & violin
3m 45s (4m 30s with intro.)
**
Rural China from the perspective of the crane bird in flight, taking in all the life below. Spare harmonies and octave doublings by the accompanying instruments give the piece a distinctive timbre, evocative of Chinese music without being authentically so.

Also available for SSA chorus and piano with optional flute and violin.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Edwina Towson.
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3019
C
SSA, piano, optional flute & violin
4m 30s
**
Rural China from the perspective of the crane bird in flight, taking in all the life below. Spare harmonies and octave doublings by the accompanying instruments give the piece a distinctive timbre, evocative of Chinese music without being authentically so.

Also available for SATB with optional flute and violin.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Edwina Towson.
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6007
C
6 equal or mixed voices
2m 00s
**
“There is no rose of such virtue, as is the rose that bare Jesu”. A late-medieval English text set as an extremely engaging six-part canon with bell-like effects.
Music: David Johnson. Words: Late mediaeval English anon.
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4007
B
SSA
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4027
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4042
B
4 equal or mixed voices
1m 30s
**
Adoration of the Christ child is expressed here in a lovely canon. The text is based on Martin Luther's famous Christmas hymn Vom Himmel Hoch, as translated into Scots by the 16th century Wedderburn brothers.
Music: David Johnson. Words: Martin Luther, trans. the brothers Wedderburn.
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4008
B
SATB
0m 40s (sung three times through)
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 1. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I heard it from three people'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1504
A
SSAATBB
5m 30s
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An atmospheric depiction of colours and moods by a new name in the Canasg catalogue, composer Richard Nye. Based on words by Charlotta Skule, and first performed by the Cheltenham Bach Choir in 2006, under Stephen Jackson's direction.
Music: Richard Nye. Words: Charlotta Skule.
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3031
D
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Each line of this cheerful and raucous round forms a competing set of street market cries: “fine parsnips”, “fruit in abundance”, etc. Dramatic interpretations encouraged!
Music: Dr. Stevenson, ed. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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2015
A
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
1m 00s
**
This is included in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This mischievous round is a lesson for apprentices in business: often borrow, seldom lend, and never, never, never pay.
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
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2016
A
SA, flute, cello
9m 00s
***
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
A set of three Gaelic songs, highly evocative of Scottish folk song and folk lore — but at the same time new and original. A great project for an enterprising treble voice ensemble.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Rody Gorman.
1517
G
SA
3m 00s
***
This is included in the set Dàn nan ròn. It is not sold as an individual piece.
The title song of the suite is a lament. "Cha till, cha till MacDodruim - mo mhilleadh!" (McCodrum will never return - I'm ruined!)
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Rody Gorman.
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1517a
SATB
2m 30s
**
(Words in Croatian). 'If I had wings like a bird, I would fly to you every night my dove'...An intense, heartfelt song about being separated from loved ones.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Croatian.
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2019
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
“The darg is owre and the day is düne”. The day's work is done, and all the nodding heads are weary. Gentle rhythms and an overarching melodic line make a lovely setting of this charmingly alliterative poem in the Scots tongue.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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1006
B
SSA
1m 15s
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This is included in the set Three Christmas songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A lively traditional New Year carol whose Welsh tune carries the name Nos Galan — “New Year's eve”.
Music: Trad. Welsh arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon.
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4074
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
(Words in English). 'Holly and mistletoe, ivy and yew, a wreath for the old year, a flame for the new...' A vigorous pagan carol celebrating the pre-Christian origins of the mid-winter festival. Great for adding a touch of misrule to your Christmas concert.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill.
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4001
B
TBarB
2m 00s
**
A catchy patter song from the Van district (once in Armenia, now part of Turkey). Easy ranges for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. (vocables).
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2038
C
SATB
1m 10s
**
'I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow...' A positive and uplifting celebration of the human spirit that will never die.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905–2004).
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3020
A
SATB
2m 00s
*
'She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree...'. This simple and beautiful arrangement of a classic song of love and regret is one of our best sellers.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
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2014
B
SSAA
2m 45s
**
The catchy gospel song made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. American.
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2052
C
SATB
3m 30s
**
Gorgeous Russian folk song, supplied both in the original Russian and in English. Get the hankies out!
Music: trad. Russian arr. Irina Walters. Words: trad. Russian and Sheena Phillips.
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2060
D
SATB divisi
2m 30s
***
'Hush ye my baby and sleep without fear, Dream Angus has brought you a dream, my dear.' A rich and atmospheric setting of a gorgeous traditional lullaby.
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1007
C
SAB
1m 30s
*
A rhythmic and alliterative Gaelic carol with a rousing chorus about the bannock (oatcakes traditionally baked on Christmas Eve to give to children going from door to door) and verses that endearingly describe the Christ child.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
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1514
B
equal or mixed, 3 parts
3m 20s
***
This is included in the set Bird rounds. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892).
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3051
C
SA or treble voices & piano
3m 10s
**
Gentle arrangement of the traditional French carol, with dreamy interludes.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
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4079
C
SSAA
3m 00s
**
This is the Wild Myrtles arrangement of a lovely and heartfelt song collected by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser in 1905.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
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1518
B
SATB divisi
5m 20s
***
A glorious concert setting of Thomas Ken's poem An Evening Hymn with allusions to bell-ringing and hymn-singing - and a quotation from Thomas Tallis' famous canon.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Thomas Ken (1637–1711).
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5042
E
SSA
1m 20s
***
This is included in the set Sea Pieces. It is not sold as an individual piece.
The headlong excitement of an ‘inland soul’ on first going to sea.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3045c
SATB
1m 30s
**
A spell-binding fairy charm and lullaby from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616).
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3022
B
SATB with SSA divisi verses
4m 00s
**
The song of a broken-hearted girl, waiting for the boatman who will probably never return. A beautiful lilting traditional tune.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1502
C
voicing flexible
*
This is a set consisting of 5 pieces.
Five fun rounds about forest animals suitable for singers of any age
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Emily Doolittle, Neil Banas and Sheena Phillips.
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3043
B
SATB & piano
11m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 5 pieces.
These rewarding concert arrangements of Scottish songs by Robert Burns and others make a lovely centrepiece.
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns and others, adapted.
1044-48
G
voicing flexible
*
This is included in the set Five forest rounds. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Emily Doolittle, Neil Banas and Sheena Phillips.
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3043b
SSA & piano
2m 00s
***
A magical setting of the famous song from Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616).
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3023
B
SATB, solo T/Bar
2m 00s
**
'My heart's love; fair-haired Mary.' The original Gaelic version of the delightful Lewis Bridal Song, also known as Mairi's Wedding. This setting is also available with a new English translation.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: John Bannerman.
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1510
B
SSAA
1m 10s
**
This is included in the set Knitting patterns. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Antonio Caldara (1670 — 1736) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3042a
SSA
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4031
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4046
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
Introduce — or close — your Christmas concert with this cheerfully swinging arrangement of a traditional English carol.
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. English.
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4080
D
SATB with descant
1m 40s
**
A sweetly melancholy song about the consolation of birdsong. A lovely descant graces the second half.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1034
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Three Christmas choral stocking fillers. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Mix and match joyful harmonisations of this old African American plantation tune.
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
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4089
SSA
4 m 00s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4029
B
SATB
4 m 00s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4044
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
A swinging arrangement of the well known carol, for SATB voices a cappella. An ideal opener or encore for your carol concert.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: J M Neale (1818 – 1866), based on the original German and Latin.
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4025
C
SSA
3m 20s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4036
B
SATB
3m 20s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4051
B
SSA
1m 30s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: M. Leontov, arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4041
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Mikola Leontovych. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4056
B
SATB
2m 30s
*
A lovely slow and heartfelt song, widely known as the Eriskay Love Lilt, or by its anglicised refrain - ' ver mi o, ro van o'.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1501
B
SATB with piano; optional solos.
2m 30s
**
A charming arrangement from New Zealand of this well-known song in praise of the lasses.
Music: Jonathan Crehan. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1036
B
SATB
2m 30s
***
A contemporary take on the 16th century English song of unrequited love, using three of the original verses.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon., adapted.
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2050
B
SATB
1m 45s
*
“Salut à la compagnie de cette maison!” (Good health to all who live here!) A traditional French new year song that would have been sung around all the houses in the area, spliced with a jaunty original dance tune. Words in French.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. French.
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2003
B
SATB
1m 45s
**
This is included in the set Mouth music set 3. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A stirring and mesmeric Gaelic 'waulking song', traditionally sung by women during the communal fulling of newly-woven tweed.
Music: Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1513
A
SSAA
1m 45s
**
A stirring and mesmeric Gaelic 'waulking song', traditionally sung by women during the communal fulling of newly-woven tweed.
Music: Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1516
A
SSATB piano
4m 30s
***
A glorious concert rendition of the old carol which was fore-runner of Hark the herald angels sing. Bell-like tonalities in the piano, and lots of action in the chorus.
Music: Geoffrey Dale. Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88), Geoffrey Dale.
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4020
C
SATB
2m 20s
**
A quiet, simple and beautiful original setting of Yeats' wonderful love poem. Music by Frances Cockburn.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
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3002
B
SSAA
2m 50s
**
Lively arrangement of a traditional wassail song from Yorkshire in the North of England — with a barrage of trumpets in the last chorus!
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
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4071
C
TTBB
2m 50s
**
Lively arrangement of a traditional wassail song from Yorkshire in the North of England — with a barrage of trumpets in the last chorus!
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
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4078
C
SSA
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4040
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4055
B
SATB
1m 30s
*
A well known Jewish song about how good it is to live in harmony, based on words from Psalm 133, in a simple but effective arrangement. Words in Hebrew and in English translation.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: from Psalm 133.
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5026
A
SATB
0m 45s (sung once through)
*
'My angels are sounding their trumpets to waken the sleepers around. There's no time for doubting...'A stirring Maine Shaker song of conviction.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5007
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
A poem of human injustice by William Blake (1757-1827), still relevant today. A very moving setting by Sheena Phillips.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Blake.
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3003
B
SATB
4m 00s
***
A classic American hymn and anthem to singing.
Music: Robert Lowry arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Pauline T..
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5040
D
SAA
2m 10s
**
Harmonious and homophonic setting of the famous 19th century American hymn to singing.
Music: Robert Lowry arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Pauline T..
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5041
B
SATB & piano
2m 05s
**
This is included in the set Five Scottish songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song of love fulfilled - and a paean to the pastoral life of the simple shepherd.
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
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1046
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
A New World lullaby arranged for soloist and echoing chorus.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
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2037
C
SSA
2m 50s
**
Sentimental and nostalgic song, written in 1868, but will still connect with people today.
Music: Charlotte Alington Barnard (1830–69) arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Charlotte Alington Barnard.
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3052
C
3 or 4 equal or mixed voices/instruments
3m 00s
**
A Christmas rollick, shanty style, with a peal of bells to finish, flexibly scored for equal or mixed voices and/or instruments.
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. English.
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4082
C
SATB
3m 00s
***
A lilting (in 7/8 time) and loosely woven blend of a Bengali song about “the way of life” with a text from 2 Esdras 14. “I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out”. Words in Bengali and English.
Music: Trad. Bengali arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Bengali and 2 Esdras 14.
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3005
D
SSAA
3m 00s
***
A lilting (in 7/8 time) and loosely woven blend of a Bengali song about “the way of life” with a text from 2 Esdras 14. “I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out”. Words in Bengali and English.
Music: Trad. Bengali arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Bengali and 2 Esdras 14.
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3040
D
SAA
1m 30s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A lyrical and quietly rapturous soprano line is supported by two alto parts moving mostly in parallel thirds. The widely ranging contour of the melody serves to convey a sense of wonder. [This is the same as catalogue number 4069.]
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: mediaeval English anon.
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4013
B
SSAA
2m 00s
**
Close harmonies and a lilting meter distinguish this strophic setting of the lovely medieval English hymn to Mary.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: mediaeval English anon.
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4059
B
SAA
1m 30s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A lyrical and quietly rapturous soprano line is supported by two alto parts moving mostly in parallel thirds. The widely ranging contour of the melody serves to convey a sense of wonder. [This is the same as catalogue number 4013.]
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: .
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4069
B
SATB
1m 10s
***
This is included in the set Songs of love and longing. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3010
A
SATB & piano
3m 00s
**
This is included in the set Five Scottish songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
"I am yours, believe me; I will never, never leave you" sums up this gently waltzing song of devotion.
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: 18th century anon., adapted by Alasdair MacLean.
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1047
B
SSAA
1m 45s
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship, marriage and children ...
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
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2036
B
SSAB
1m 45s
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship. Bass range suitable for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
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2049
B
SATB
1m 30s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This is full of excitement. Unison sections transition suddenly into full harmony; the meter breaks out of 2/2 into snatches of a dancing 6/4; voices combine and recombine continually, chasing towards the final In excelsis gloria.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4014
B
SAA
1m 30s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This is full of excitement. Unison sections transition suddenly into full harmony; the meter breaks out of 2/2 into snatches of a dancing 6/4; voices combine and recombine continually, chasing towards the final In excelsis gloria.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4070
B
SATB
3m 30s
**
You can hear the swirling snow and moaning wind in this atmospheric setting of the first two stanzas of Rossetti's famous Christmas poem.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Christina Rossetti (1830-94).
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4002
B
SATB
0m 50s
***
This is included in the set Songs of love and longing. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3008
A
SATB, piano
3m 30s
**
A delightfully mimsy and galumphing setting of Lewis Carroll's famous poem.
Music: Andrew Adams. Words: Lewis Carroll.
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3041
D
SATB
2m 45s
**
A dreamy Hungarian wedding song supplied both in English and in Hungarian.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Hungarian, English paraphrase by Sheena Phillips.
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2051
C
SSAA
4m 30s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three 18th c. rounds by Caldara and Telemann arranged and given new lyrics about … knitting!
Music: Antonio Caldara and Georg Philip Telemann arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3042
C
SATB
1m 30s
*
(Words in French). Un peu d'esprit, un peu d'espoir, un peu d'amour, et puis bonsoir! - A little spirit, a little hope, a little love, and then 'goodnight'! An ideal concert finisher or encore. Words anon. music by Peter Hill.
Music: Peter Hill. Words: Anon.
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3006
B
TTBB
2m 00s
*
'Lang hae we parted been, lassie my dearie; now we are met again, lassie lie near me'. Robert Burns' adaptation of a traditional Scots song.
Music: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1015
B
SATB
0m 45s (sung once through)
*
A Shaker 'gift song', received by Addah Z Potter in 1838.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5004
A
SSA
2m 30s
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
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1041
B
TBB
2m 30s
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
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1042
B
SATB, optional guitar, percussion
1m 50s
*
A quickly learnable traditional Chanukah song to add to your holiday collection.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Jewish.
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2039
A
equal or mixed, 4 parts
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Bird rounds. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: William Wordsworth (1770–1850).
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3048
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
Setting of a poem by Anne Bradstreet, one of America's first female poets. Great text for a wedding.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Anne Bradstreet.
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3035
B
SATB, optional guitar
2m 30s
**
An intimate setting of Rossetti's famous words, and a favourite with audiences and singers.

We will also send the a cappella version catalogue no. 4091 free when you order this setting.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Christina Rossetti (1830 — 1894).
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4077
C
SATB
2m 10s
**
Beautiful arrangement of Christina Rossetti’s famous words. Compatible with the guitar part written for catalogue no. 4077 which comes free when you order this setting.
Music: trad. (Gartan) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Christina Rossetti (1830–94).
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4091
C
SSA
4 m 00s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4034
B
SATB
4 m 00s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4049
B
SATB, solo T/Bar
2m 00s
**
A delightful new English language version of the well-known Mairi's wedding, more faithful to the meaning of John Bannerman's original Gaelic lyric.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips.
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1040
B
SAA
1m 30s
*
Beautiful old German carol about Mary in the thorn-wood, simply arranged.
Music: trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: trad. German.
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4085
B
SATB
2m 40s
**
This is included in the set Three Marion Angus songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I wad hae gi'en him my lips to kiss, had I been his...' A song of regret for lost chances, written in a lilting folk style. A strong alto melody can be featured as the upper line, or accompanied by a soprano descant.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
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1009
B
SATB, optional piano
1m 45s
**
A rousing carol for a midwinter concert. Also available for TB.
Music: Trad. arr. Andrew Adams. Words: William Morris (1834 – 1896).
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4060
B
TB, optional piano
1m 45s
**
A rousing carol for a midwinter concert. Also available for SATB.
Music: Trad. arr. Andrew Adams. Words: William Morris (1834 – 1896).
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4061
B
SATB
1m 00s (sung twice through)
**
This is included in the set Mouth music set 2. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Neil plans to wear out some shoe-leather when his eagle-eyed mum goes away on her travels. Trad., from the Campbell family of Greepe on the Isle of Skye.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1508
A
SATB
2m 0s
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for soloist and backing vocals.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1032
A
SSAA
2m 0s
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for two soloists and backing vocals.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1033
A
SAB
2m 00s
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in SAB format suitable for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1049
A
SAB
1m 30s (sung once through)
*
Shaker song with a driving energy, dating from the New Lebanon community of 1844.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: .
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5005
A
SATB
4m 20s
**
This is a set consisting of 4 pieces.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1503-6
D
SATB
3m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Music: Sheena Phillips & Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
1507-9
C
SATB
3m 30s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Music: Sheena Phillips & Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1511-3
C
SATB
0m 45s
**
Poetry sung aloud is the style of this wistful setting, evoking the play of light and shadow both in love and in the world outside.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978).
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1017
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
A quiet song of remembrance, written in memoriam Jill Sumner (1941 - 2001)
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Norman MacCaig.
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3044
C
SATB & piano
2m 50s
**
This is included in the set Five Scottish songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song of love for Scotland, with leaping melodic lines, beautifully crafted by Robert Burns from fragments of other ballads.
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
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1045
B
SATB with tenor solo
3m 00s
**
One of Burns' most famous songs, and his original melody, in a strophic arrangement with spare harmonies.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1031
B
SATB, piano
4m 00s
**
An old man sees himself in a bare, frozen maple tree - and reminisces about youth. Gorgeous romantic Russian song, sumptuously arranged by Irina Walters. We supply both the original Russian lyrics - with full pronunciation guidance - and an English version.
Music: Vasily Lipatov (1897–1965) arr. Irina Walters. Words: Sergei Yesenin (1895–1925) / Sheena Phillips (English version).
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3056
D
SSA
1m 20s
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This is included in the set Sea Pieces. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Babbling brook, cascading river, impassive sea and the poet’'s desire for union are all portrayed here.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3045a
SATB
1m 45s
**
A wonderful renaissance text about love given a lilting and harmonious setting. Great wedding piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Philip Sidney.
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3036
C
SAA
1m 45s
**
A wonderful renaissance text about love given a lilting and harmonious setting. Great wedding piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Philip Sidney.
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3038
C
TBB
1m 45s
**
A wonderful renaissance text about love given a lilting and harmonious setting. Great wedding piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Philip Sidney.
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3039
C
SATB
0m 40s (sung three times)
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 3. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'If I had threepence I'd spend it on drink, if I had sixpence I'd try getting married'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1512
A
SSAA, piano
2m 30s
**
Will you marry me for a packet of pins? A teasing song of courtship from 19th century America.
Music: Trad. American arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon..
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2053
C
SAA
1m 40s
*
This is included in the set Three Christmas songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
The lilting 16th century English tune Greensleeves, paired pensively with traditional lyrics about the passing of the old year.
Music: Trad. arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon.
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4075
B
SSAB
1m 15s
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A glorious a cappella fanfare — or a peal of vocal bells — to open a Christmas concert.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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4005
C
TTBB
1m 30s
***
A glorious a cappella fanfare — or a peal of vocal bells — to open a Christmas concert.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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4072
C
SSSAA
3m 30s
**
An original and highly effective setting of the African American spiritual. Moving and prayerful, with close harmonies and aleatoric sections.
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. African American.
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5036
D
SATB
1m 15s
**
Strophic setting of words often used at the close of a religious service
Music: Lisa Mears. Words: Book of Common Prayer.
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5037
B
SSA
1m 40s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4032
B
SATB
1m 40s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4047
B
SATB
3m 45s
*
A popular 19th century song of yearning for Scotland, also known as The Exile's Song, that will fit any concert about home or travel. Beautiful traditional melody, pleasingly arranged..
Music: Richard John. Words: Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850).
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1030
C
SA, flute, cello
4m 00s
***
This is included in the set Dàn nan ròn. It is not sold as an individual piece.
The last song in the suite is a soliloquy by someone out walking near the ocean and remembering the past. Includes flute and cello obbligato.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Rody Gorman.
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1517c
SATB recorder & drum
1m 30s
***
A lively pipe and drum carol, as sung traditionally in France on Christmas Eve, arranged with panache in a fresh English translation.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
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4021
C
SATB
1m 30s
*
A strong New Year carol that recounts the English and Welsh tradition of hunting of a wren (the 'king') and processing from door to door in greeting.
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Carline. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2005
B
SATB
2m 00s (in 3/4), 2m 30s (in 4/4)
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.” Supplied in both 3/4 and 4/4 versions.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
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2006
C
SAA
2m 00s (in 3/4), 2m 30s (in 4/4)
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.”
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
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2034
C
TBB
2m 00s (in 3/4), 2m 30s (in 4/4)
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.”
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
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2035
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
“ Why spend your leisure bereft of pleasure...you'll take no money within the grave!” This English language version of a rousing 18th century Irish drinking song makes a great concert closer.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: R Bairéid, trans. D O'Sullivan.
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2007
B
Unison choir or cantor; unison congregation; keyboard
2m 30s
**
A calm and spacious setting for cantor or unison choir alternating with interjections from the congregation.
Music: Andrew Wilson-Dickson. Words: Brother Anthony of Taizé, adapted.
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5043
C
SATB
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5033
A
Unison choir/cantor, congregation, kbd and/or guitar.
2m 20s
**
A buoyant and lively psalm in call and response form.
Music: Andrew Wilson-Dickson. Words: Jerusalem Bible 1966.
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5045
C
SATB
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5029
A
SATB
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5034
A
SATB
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5035
A
SATB
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5030
A
Choir or Cantor, Congregation, Keyboard (piano or organ)
3m 30s
**
A meditative and fluid setting of the psalm, with congregational refrain.
Music: Andrew Wilson-Dickson. Words: based on the psalm text by Brother Anthony of Taizé.
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5044
C
SATB
3m 00s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5031
A
SATB
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set Seven psalms. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) with metric English paraphrases. Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
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5032
A
SATB & guitar
2m 30s
*
A charming traditional carol about the visit of the shepherds, arranged in folk style with simple harmonies. Words in French.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
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4024
C
SSA
2m 00s
***
Spice up your programme with a Scots tale of love lost through murder. There is plenty of drive and harmonic interest in this ballad setting.
Music: Marg Hall. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1010
C
SATB
1m 30s
**
(Words in Latin) 'Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia!'
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Anon.
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5002
B
SSA
1m 40s
**
Traditional English riddle song: “I will give my love an apple without any core … ”
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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2029
B
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
5 — 6m
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
In November 1832, Jane Chattock opened a small music manuscript book and wrote her name on the flyleaf. She then copied a collection of favourite rounds into it, and got her friends to add more in their own hand. We know nothing more of Jane, but her book came to light in an Edinburgh second-hand book shop in 1982 and now lets us see what amused a little group of social singers in the years around the accession of Queen Victoria.
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
2015-7
C
SATB
1m 30s
*
“Harvest the light of the moon to make yourself a gown”. Create a spellbound interlude with this gem of a Scots poem, given beautiful musical lines and harmonies.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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1035
B
SATB, optional guitar and/or treble instrument
2m 40s
*
“Now the holly bears a berry ...”: a sturdy folk carol from Cornwall (S W England) listing the different colours of the holly berry as it ripens, and relating them to the story of Jesus.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Cornish.
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4023
C
TBB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
First in the set is the rousing Santiana, popular both as a pumping shanty and as a capstan shanty, loosely based on events in the Mexican-American war of the mid-19th century.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2040
B
SATB divisi
1m 45s
**
This is included in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song in Scots about facing hardship, using weather as a metaphor. Half the choir is used to create sound effects of driving wind and rain, while the rest sing about “biding the storm that you cannot hinder”.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
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1022
B
SSA
4m 30s
***
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three contrasting Emily Dickinson settings, by turns impulsive, wishful, wondering and definite. Premiered by Canty, female voices of Cappella Nova of Scotland.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
3045
F
SATB
2m 00s
**
A youth — with marriage on his mind — waylays a young girl as she goes to feed her fathers lambs. Traditional spring song, with an arching melody and changing metre.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Traditional English.
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2008
B
SATB
2m 00s
***
'From star to star, from sun and spring and leaf, and almost audible flowers whose sound is silence, and in the common meadows, springs the seed of life'.
Music: Marg Hall. Words: Kathleen Raine.
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3015
B
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of 7 pieces.
Fresh English versions of seven of Schütz's delightful psalm settings (Opus 5, from the Becker Psalter). Tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter).
5028
D
SATB
3m 00s
***
A most beautiful Irish folk song, rewritten by collector Padraic Colum, and offered here in a lilting a cappella arrangement.
Music: Trad. arr. Geoffrey Dale. Words: Padraic Colum.
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2027
C
TTBB
2m 00s
**
Traditional Irish song lamenting the plight of Fionnuala, who has been turned into a swan by her stepmother Aiofe. Arranged for male voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Mark Burstow. Words: Thomas Moore.
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2024
B
SAB
0m 30s (sung once through)
*
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free ... One of the most famous Shaker songs, written by Joseph Brackett in 1848 as a dance song.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5006
A
TBB, piano
15m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 6 pieces.
Shanties (or chanteys) were an essential part of the rhythm of life and work on board ship. Here are six of these tuneful, humorous and vigorous songs for male voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
2040-45
G
equal or mixed, 4 parts
3m 00s
**
This is included in the set Bird rounds. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1832).
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3049
B
Treble voices and piano or guitar
3m 30s
*
From an experienced primary school teacher, here's a delightful whirl of vocabulary about snow and winter - and also an invitation to gather, like the snowflakes.
Music: David Howse. Words: David Howse.
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6012
C
SATB
2m 30s
**
This lively traditional Breton drinking song gives the men's voices a bit of show-off fun. English and Breton versions supplied.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Breton.
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2033
C
SATB
5m 00s
***
This is a set consisting of 5 pieces.
Sheena Phillips' settings of five exquisite poems by Emily Dickinson. See individual titles for details.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
3007-11
E
SATB
5m 00s
**
A wordless lament for the people of Aleppo, one of the Syrian cities tragically caught up in the Syrian civil war. Loosely based on aspects of traditional Syrian singing, with some aleatoric sections in which singers sing independently.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3053
E
SSAA
5m 00s
**
A wordless lament for the people of Aleppo, one of the Syrian cities tragically caught up in the Syrian civil war. Loosely based on aspects of traditional Syrian singing, with some aleatoric sections in which singers sing independently.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3057
E
SATB
2m 00s
**
(Words in French dialect). A simple and gently flowing lullaby from the Massif Central region of France. Suitable for small chamber choir or larger ensemble.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2021
B
5 mixed/equal voices
2 – 3m (flexible)
**
A round about singing from the 19th century American singing school tradition
Music: P P Bliss. Words: P P Bliss.
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2046
C
SATB
2m 20s
***
Young Sovay decides one day to test her true love's mettle. She dresses up as a highwayman and lies in wait for him, pistol in hand. Is he man enough to pass the test...? Trad. words and music in a fast-paced and jaunty arrangement, with the Altos having the tune.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2010
C
equal or mixed, 3 parts
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Bird rounds. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Antonio Caldara (1670–1736) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906).
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3050
B
SA, piano
2m 00s
*
Only the promise of a husband is enough to persuade a girl to get on with the dreary task of spinning.
Music: Trad. German arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Trad. German trans. Jennifer Bell.
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2054
C
SATB chorus; SATB soli; orchestra, continuo
approx 102 minutes
***
Andrew Wilson-Dickson's compelling and coherent reconstruction of J. S. Bach's lost St. Mark Passion. Based on the original libretto by Picander, surviving arias, chorales and choruses by Bach, and original music for the missing recitative sections and choruses by Andrew Wilson-Dickson. In German. Full score, vocal score, and all instrumental parts available, plus a keyboard accompaniment for choir rehearsal.
Music: J S Bach, Andrew Wilson-Dickson. Words: Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander).
5038
Z
SATB
1m 50s
**
This is included in the set Three Christmas choral stocking fillers. It is not sold as an individual piece.
An aleatoric treatment of the lovely German chorale tune Wie Schön Leuchtet der Morgenstern.
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Philipp Nicolai, trans. Henry Harbaugh.
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4088
SAB
2m 00s (sung once through)
*
“O brighter than the morning star is the heart that's pure and free”. A wonderful soaring Shaker hymn from Ohio.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5008
B
SSA
3m 20s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4035
B
SATB
3m 20s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4050
B
SATB & folk harp
2m 30s
*
A charming German carol (in English translation) from the tradition of cradle-rocking Christmas services, simply arranged for SATB chorus and folk harp.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958) (based on the original German).
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4022
B
SSAAA
3m 00s
***
'Sweet smiles, in the night, hover over my delight...' A mother tenderly wishes sweet dreams for her happy child. Words by William Blake from 'A Cradle Song', lilting 5/4 arrangement by Sheena Phillips.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Blake.
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3012
C
SAB
3m 30s
*
A beautiful and simple Hebridean Gaelic carol, which addresses the Christ child with the most gorgeous and endearing words.
Supplied with both the original Gaelic words and modern English words.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
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1515
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
(Words in Finnish). A charming traditional Finnish song.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Finnish.
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2031
B
TBarB, piano
3m 30s
**
This is included in the set Three cowboy songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Nostalgia for a way of life and work long gone but not forgotten.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Omar Barker (1894-1985).
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2057
C
SATB
0m 55s (sung twice through)
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 1. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I have a wife, a stream, a lump of white soap and a filthy shirt. How can I get it clean by tomorrow so I can go out?' Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1503
A
SAA
1m 20s (sung three times through)
*
'I have a wife, a stream, a lump of white soap and a filthy shirt. How can I get it clean by tomorrow so I can go out?' Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1522
A
SATB
1m 10s
*
This is included in the set Mouth music set 2. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I'm tired, pulling up bracken half way up the mountain and all alone' -Trad.
Music: Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1507
A
TTB
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Two Welsh carols. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A strong carol for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition.
Music: Trad. Welsh, transcribed (with permission) by Sheena Phillips. Words: English by Sheena Phillips, based on the original Welsh.
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4058
SSA
1m 30s
**
Two Northumbrian songs about unattainable bonny lads
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2058
B
treble voices (unison) & handbells or chimes
3m 00s
*
An English translation of a beautiful traditional Hebridean lullaby to the Christ Child, set for unison treble voices (or soli) and handbell choir.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips, based on the original Gaelic.
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6011
C
SATB, flute, piano or harp
3m 30s
**
A lovely concert arrangement of the well-known Gaelic Christmas lullaby.
Music: Trad. Scottish arr. Steve Sandberg. Words: Kenna Campbell.
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4083
D
TBarB
2m 40s
*
An arrangement for male voices of the beautifully austere 16th century English lament for the young children slain by Herod.
Music: 16th. C. anon. arr. Mark Burstow. Words: Anon.
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4018
A
SAA
2m 30s
*
A homophonic arrangement for female voices of the well known Christmastide lament.
Music: 16th C. anon. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: 16th C. anon.
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4090
C
TBB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Less well known than some of the others in the set, The dead horse was a ceremonial shanty, traditionally sung after 30 days at sea, when the effigy of a dead horse (representing the first month's labour) would be given a sea burial.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2043
B
SATB
4m 00s
***
A mesmeric depiction of the ceaseless rhythm of the earth's journey through space, based on a chant of unknown origin. Music: Sheena Phillips.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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3021
B
treble voices, unison with optional harmony & piano
1m 30s
**
This is included in the set Two carols for treble voices. It is not sold as an individual piece.
“Pull the bells until they ring! Let the people dance and sing!” A joyful song with easy (and optional) harmonies and a catchy rhythm. Revised edition (2012).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Jean Kenward (1920–).
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4009
SATTB & soli
3m 00s
**
‘Gay gowans’ are (with a little poetic licence) ‘dazzling daisies’. This is a light-hearted and very effective arrangement of a very old Scottish May song, about a man who tries (unsuccessfully) to woo a pretty maid.
Music: Katy Cooper. Words: Trad. Scots.
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1039
B
SSA
2m 45s
**
A finely crafted song of requited love, written in the folk tradition.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Frances Cockburn.
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2062
C
SA & piano
3m 00s
**
A flowing and serene Lord's Prayer, for soli or chorus with piano.
Music: David Barton. Words: .
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5021
B
SATB
3m 00s
**
A grim, sturdy, traditional song from grim, sturdy Yorkshire, England; where until relatively recently the coffin containing the departed was carried over the moors with stops at places of significance.
Music: arr. Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2004
C
SATB
1m 10s
**
A piece of sheer fun, imagining in music those dense clouds of hungry hovering midgies with whom visitors to North West Scotland will be familiar. Watch out for the soprano supermidge.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: .
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1023
B
SATB
1m 20s
***
This is included in the set Songs of love and longing. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3007
A
Treble unison chorus & piano
0m 40s
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This is included in the set Three Soutar songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
“Muckle” is Scots for big, and the song portrays a giant who cavorts around in a graveyard.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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6001
A
SATB
2m 00s
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A bright, uplifting song for all those who know it will all work out right in the end.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill.
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3016
B
SATB, piano (optional band)
4m 00s
A ballad for our times: lyrics about global warming and the strong tune of House of the Rising Sun. Optional parts for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and violin.
Music: Trad. arr Sheena Phillips . Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3055
E
treble (SA) chorus & piano
1m 30s
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This is included in the set Three Soutar songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A vignette of a dreamy and tearful princess stuck in a tower.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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6002
A
SATB
1m 30s
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A puddock is a Scottish frog, and this narrative song tells the story of a fat frog who feels very pleased with himself – until he gets eaten by a hungry heron.
Music: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: J.M.Caie.
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1014
B
SATB
1m 30s
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Garden metaphors abound in this sweet and wistful traditional song about love.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2009
B
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
1m 25s
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This is included in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Lovers take note. This round sets out in praise of love, but foresees a lamentable end: six squalling brats and a scolding jade.
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
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2017
A
SATB
1m 30s
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A lively and passionate spring song from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616).
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3024
B
SSA
1m 40s
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This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4028
B
SATB
1m 40s
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This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4043
B
TBarB, piano
2m 30s
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This is included in the set Three cowboy songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song about the ranching life: long hours and bad food!
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2055
C
SATB
1m 15s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's exquisite setting swells and dies in two-bar phrases, also rocking gently between major and minor tonalities.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4012
A
SAA
1m 15s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's exquisite setting swells and dies in two-bar phrases, also rocking gently between major and minor tonalities.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4068
A
SATB
3m 00s
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“The water is wide, I cannot get o'er”. A song about love as wished for and as experienced. One of the gems of English folklore, in a fine arrangement..
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2022
B
SATB
1m 15s
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This is included in the set Three Marion Angus songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A strophic setting of a folk-style Scots poem celebrating a quiet and beautiful place in rural Perthshire.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
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1021
B
treble (SA) chorus & piano
1m 45s
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This is included in the set Three Soutar songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
The “auld man” standing on a hill is a windmill, whose labours are accompanied by an infectiously playful jazz piano part. A fun piece for a children's choir that can handle a few jazz accidentals.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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6003
C
SATB with sop. solo
2m 30s
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This through-composed arrangement is a delightful setting of a plangent text, with interest in every voice part. Winter has ended, but the poet's mind runs on the constancy of a woman's love and the wanderings of a man's.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1028
B
SATB & piano
2m 00s
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This is included in the set Five Scottish songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A poignant Robert Burns song offsetting the beauty of spring with the heartbreak of lost love.
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
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1044
B
SATB
1m 40s
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This is included in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song in Scots about remembrance of past love, set with stark simlpicity.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
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1011
B
SATB, handbells or other tuned (or untuned) percussion
5m 30s
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This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Something a bit different: three flexible ‘choral soundscapes’ based respectively on traditional wassailing songs, the lovely chorale tune Wie Schön Leuchtet der Morgenstern, and the African American plantation song Go Tell It on the Mountain.
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
4086
C
TBarB, piano
10m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three songs from - or about - the days of cattle ranching and long-distance droving in the 19th century American west. Premiered by the changed voices section of the National Boys Choir of Scotland.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. American and Omar Barker.
2055-57
F
SATB
6m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three very different settings of poems by this “Scottish renaissance” poet.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
1038
D
SATB
5m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three poems in Scots vernacular – images of landscape and home life as a setting for love and loss.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
1037
D
SATB
7m 30s
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This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
A delightfully contrasting set of pieces: a joyful opening number, a quiet and reverent centrepiece and a dancelike finish, in musical styles which nicely reflect those of the words. All the pieces can also stand alone. See individual titles for details.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Robert Herrick, Anon., Thomas Campion.
3027-9
D
SSA/SAA
4m 10s
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This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Here's a three-pack of traditional Christmas and New Year songs that will be easy to add to your repertoire for last-minute carolling or other holiday season performances.
Music: Trad. arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon.
4073
D
treble chorus & piano
4m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
William Soutar was dedicated to the Scots language and wrote many delightful poems for children. This suite of three contrasting and colourful songs depicts a graveyard hooligan, a sad princess, and a clunking old windmill. Premiered by the National Boys Choir of Scotland.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
6001-3
D
SATB
2m 30s
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A spell for love. Cast with a sinuous, swooping melody and a whispered canon.
Music: Peter Hill. Words: Thomas Campion (1567–1620).
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3058
C
TBB, piano
3m 00s
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This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Rounding off the set is the shanty traditionally sung while pumping the ship dry at the end of a voyage.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2045
B
SATB
2m 15s
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The ladye in question has 'everie virtew that is held most deir' - except only that she is 'mercyles' (merciless). A quiet and reflective strophic setting of a poem by William Dunbar, who served at the court of James IV of Scotland.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: William Dunbar.
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1012
B
SSAA
1m 20s
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This is included in the set Knitting patterns. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Antonio Caldara (1670 — 1736) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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3042c
SATB & sop solo
2m 30s
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This is included in the set Three old English partsongs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A contemporary setting of a beautiful mediaeval English lyric.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Anon. 16th.C. English.
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3028
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
'Beauty will not last; but faithful love endures like steel, so long as two remain'. Traditional Welsh love song with a very pleasing tune. Supplied in both Welsh and English language versions..
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2023
C
SAB
2m 00s
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A strong dance tune from the Shaker community in Connecticut, sung to vocables.
Music: Anon. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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5039
B
voicing flexible
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This is included in the set Five forest rounds. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Music: Emily Doolittle. Words: Emily Doolittle, Neil Banas and Sheena Phillips.
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3043a
treble voices with piano
4m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 2 pieces.
Two contrasting and easy carols for treble voices and piano: the first, quiet and dreamy, the second, joyful and energetic. Jean Kenward (lyrics) is a widely published poet of verse for children. Suitable for beginner choirs. Revised edition (2012).
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Jean Kenward (1920–).
4065
C
Soprano solo
3m 35s
**
This is a set consisting of 2 pieces.
(Words in Latin) Two beautiful motets by Philip Wood for solo soprano voice.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Trad.
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5019
A
TTB
5m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 2 pieces.
Two strong carols for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition.
Music: Trad. Welsh, arr./transcribed Sheena Phillips. Words: English, based on the original Welsh.
4064
C
SATB
1m 20s
**
'Let my shadow disappear into yours. Let me lose myself under the tall trees,'...the magical and sensuous moment of twilight, when everything seems to soften and fade into everything else. Words in Swedish.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974).
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3017
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
A Christmas fable, beautifully told in the Scots language, of how the robin got its red breast attempting to wrest the nail from Christ's hand.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Tom Scott (1918-1995).
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4010
B
SATB & piano
2m 00s
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Get your church choir rocking with this upbeat jazz feel arrangement of an African American spiritual promising healing and deliverance.
Music: Trad. arr. Tony McDonald. Words: Trad. anon.
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5027
C
SATB, handbells or other tuned (or untuned) percussion
1m 30s
**
This is included in the set Three Christmas choral stocking fillers. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A sound-cloud of wassail song fragments over a background of tuned percussion. Use as an opening processional.
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
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4087
SAA
1m 05s
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This is included in the set Three Christmas songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
The (in)famous carolling number, dressed up a bit and made into a much more satisfying greeting.
Music: Trad. arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon.
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4076
B
SATB & piano
4m 45s
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Rousing rendition of a song by Gwydion Pendderwen, a key figure of the resurgent Pagan movement.
Music: Gwydion Pendderwen arr. Andrew Adams. Words: Gwydion Pendderwen.
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3033
D
SATB
2m 10s
**
A strong and easily learnt arrangement of one of the less well known Yorkshire wassail songs, with optional audience participation.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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4084
C
SATB
2m 55s
**
'Take my hand and we'll walk on together...' A wedding song with a difference, looking to the strength that can come from going through bad times as well as good times. Words: Peter Hill, music: Sheena Phillips.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill.
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3013
B
SATB
1m 45s
***
This is included in the set Three old English partsongs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Robert Herrick (1591 — 1674).
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3027
B
SSA
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SSA). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. Ukrainian, trans. Sheena Phillips.
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4030
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
This is included in the set 15 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (SATB). You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Trad. Ukrainian arr. Vladimir Morozov. Words: Trad. (Ukrainian) and Sheena Phillips (English).
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4045
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
A quiet and lovely arrangement of the 19th century carol, with mildly dissonant harmonies.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898).
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4019
B
SSA
1m 30s
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A lively and humorous arrangement of the toe-tapping shanty.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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2030
C
SATB
2m 00s
**
'Sorrow remembers us...it sits in its old chair, gently rocking.' A pensive through-composed setting of a 20th-century Scots poem.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Ian Crichton Smith (1928-1998).
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1018
B
SATB & piano
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Five Scottish songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Closing the set, an echo of the mood of the first song: love lost, even amid the beauty of summer.
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
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1048
B
SATB
1m 45s
**
A young girl is impatient to get married, but her mother thinks she'd be better off with a sheep or a cow!
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2011
B
SATB
0m 45s
***
This is included in the set Songs of love and longing. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3011
A
SATB
1m 15s
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This is included in the set Three Marion Angus songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Love can be blown away like a flower in the wind, but it still leaves a trace in the heart. Scots poem set in a lilting folk idiom.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
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1029
B
SATB
1m 10s
***
This is included in the set Songs of love and longing. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
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3009
A
SATB & descant
1m 30s
*
A Palestinian prayer for peace. Words in Arabic and in English translation by Fred Kaan. A possible sequence of verses (English, Arabic, with or without descant, etc) is suggested, but feel free to devise your own.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Arabic, trans. Fred Kaan.
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5025
A
SATB
2m 00s
**
This is a hearty drinking song in celebration of the consoling powers of 'a jug of this'.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2012
B
TB
2m 00s
*
This is a hearty drinking song in celebration of the consoling powers of 'a jug of this'.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2013
B
SATB
2m 45s
***
This is included in the set Three old English partsongs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Music: Philip Wood. Words: Thomas Campion (1567—1620).
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3029
B
SATB
3m 00s
**
Bring the spirit of caroling into your Christmas concert with this famous traditional English carol.
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. English.
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4081
C
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