Greenery

 

Title,
voicing,
timing,
complexity
Description Links Number,
Price Band
SATB
1m 40s
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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
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'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
***
'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
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
SATB
2m 40s
*
'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.
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
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1013
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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 & 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
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
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, 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
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
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
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 & 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
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
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
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
*
“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 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
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
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
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
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 30s
***
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 15s
*
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
SATB with sop. solo
2m 30s
**
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
**
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
**
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
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
2m 15s
*
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
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 15s
*
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
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