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February

Delius

Delius wrote two wordless songs to be sung of a summer night on the water. Here’s the first.

It’s in the Green Book, but here’s the score if you want it. Stop your printer halfway through, as we aren’t going to try #2 (mostly a tenor solo).

And here are the rehearsal files:

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February

Evening Primrose

Britten wrote a set of five songs about flowers. This one is nice, and has some unexpected twists (generally every fourth bar).

Here’s the backing tracks:

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February

As Torrents In Summer

This may be Elgar’s best known partsong (partly because it’s the easiest to perform). It’s from his Noggin The Nog-themed oratorio, The Saga of King Olaf.

Sometime maybe we’ll look at some of his other partsongs which are much harder and in more parts.

The backing tracks are here:

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February

Sweet Suffolk Owl

This is by Thomas Vautor, and seems to be the only piece of music he published*. It’s 400 years old, and it’s about an owl.

* Well, that’s what it says in the back of the book. There’s a video on YouTube of a choir performing a song called Mother I Will Have A Husband, so maybe it’s off his new album.

Some of you know your madrigals backwards, but here are the backing tracks for everyone else: