performance time approx 1m 45s
Range S: d' – e'' / A: a – a' / T: d – c' / B: A – g
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Sea buckthorn is a coastal shrub with bright orange berries - and also, in this song, a metaphor for something that flourishes even in adversity
This piece uses two groups of singers. Choir 1 sings the words, in a shifting meter that echoes the irregular rhythm of the waves. Choir 2 provides a wind-like drone and the ‘woosh’ of rain and salt spray battering the coast. It's good to see a song inspired by Scottish weather!
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
Saut an' cruel winds tae shear it, [salt
Nichts o' haar an' rain - [nights of cold mist
Ye micht think the sallow buckthorn [might
Ne'er a hairst could hain; [never a harvest could harbour
But amang the sea-bleached branches [among
Ashen-grey as pain,
Thornset orange berries cluster
Daith an' dule will stab ye surely, [death and dolour / grief
Be ye man or wife,
Mony trauchles an' mischances [many struggles / troubles
In ilk weird are rife; [in everyone's fate
Bide the storm ye canna hinder,[cannot
Mindin' through the strife, [remembering
Hoo the luntin' lowe o' beauty [how the blazing fire of beauty
Lichts the grey o' life. [lights
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