Greenery

 

Number,
voicing
Title,
complexity
Description,
links
Price Band
5022
SAB & organ
*
A simple and beautifully structured prayer for peace, based on words from the Scottish Psalter of 1650. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: David Barton. Words: Scottish Psalter of 1650.
B
1001
SATB
**
A richly harmonised setting of Robert Burns' famous song about the pain of parting with 'no regrets'. SATB with quartet verse and optional soli. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1043
SAB
**
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. 3m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1024
SATB
**
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. 4m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
5001
SATB divisi
***
'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. 3m 20s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: From the Inchcolm Antiphoner.
C
1003
SATB
*
'Sleep I can get nane, for thinkin on my dearie...' A simple setting of Burns' plaintive song of sorrow and night wakefulness. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: 17th c. anon. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1004
SATB
*
'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. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Ernest Buck (1908-1975), arr. Michael Buck. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1019
SATB with S and T soli
***
'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. 3m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: 16th C. anon. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (16th century).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
C
1013
SATB
*
'Think them poorest who can be a slave, them richest who dare to be free.' A powerful song of reconciliation from a part of the UK once torn by violence. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
B
1005
SATB
*
'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! 1m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included.
B
1006
SATB
**
“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. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1007
SATB divisi
***
'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. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included.
C
1034
SATB with descant
**
A sweetly melancholy song about the consolation of birdsong. A lovely descant graces the second half. 1m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1039
SATTB & soli
**
‘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. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Katy Cooper. Words: Trad. Scots.
B
1036
SATB with piano; optional solos.
**
A charming arrangement from New Zealand of this well-known song in praise of the lasses. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Jonathan Crehan. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1044-48
SATB & piano
**
This is a set consisting of the 5 pieces listed below.
These rewarding concert arrangements of Scottish songs by Robert Burns and others make a lovely centrepiece. 11m 00s
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns and others, adapted.
G
1044
SATB & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
B
1045
SATB & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 50s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
B
1046
SATB & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 05s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
B
1047
SATB & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 3m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: 18th century anon., adapted by Alasdair MacLean.
B
1048
SATB & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Alasdair MacLean. Words: Robert Burns, adapted by Alasdair Maclean.
B
1015
TTBB
*
'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. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included.
B
1041
SSA
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
1042
TBB
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
1040
SATB, solo T/Bar
**
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. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips.
B
1032
SATB
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for soloist and backing vocals. 2m 0s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
Translation included.
A
1033
SSAA
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for two soloists and backing vocals. 2m 0s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
Translation included.
A
1049
SAB
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in SAB format suitable for changing voices. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
Translation included.
A
1017
SATB
**
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. 0m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1031
SATB with tenor solo
**
One of Burns' most famous songs, and his original melody, in a strophic arrangement with spare harmonies. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1030
SATB
*
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.. 3m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Richard John. Words: Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850).
Pronunciation guide included
C
1010
SSA
***
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. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Marg Hall. Words: Trad. Anon.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
C
1035
SATB
*
“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. 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1023
SATB
**
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. 1m 10s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: .
B
1014
SATB
***
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. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: J.M.Caie.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1028
SATB with sop. solo
**
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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1038
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three very different settings of poems by this “Scottish renaissance” poet. 6m 00s
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
D
1011
SATB
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song in Scots about remembrance of past love, set with stark simlpicity. 1m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1020
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
1022
SATB divisi
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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”. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1037
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three poems in Scots vernacular – images of landscape and home life as a setting for love and loss. 5m 00s
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
D
1021
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 1m 15s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1029
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 1m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1009
SATB
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
Pronunciation guide included
B
6001-3
children's chorus & piano
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
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. 4m 00s
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
D
6001
Treble unison chorus & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 0m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
A
6002
SA chorus & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A vignette of a dreamy and tearful princess stuck in a tower. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
A
6003
SA chorus & piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
C
1012
SATB
*
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. 2m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: William Dunbar.
Transcription and pronunciation guide included.
B
4010
SATB
**
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. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Tom Scott (1918-1995).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1018
SATB
**
'Sorrow remembers us...it sits in its old chair, gently rocking.' A pensive through-composed setting of a 20th-century Scots poem. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Ian Crichton Smith (1928-1998).
B
3044
SATB
**
A quiet song of remembrance, written in memoriam Jill Sumner (1941 - 2001) 2m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Norman MacCaig.
C
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