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Art Song in English - 50 Songs by 20 American and British Composers

Low Voice

Low Voice. Edited by Carol Kimball. Boosey & Hawkes Voice. Classical. Softcover. 192 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051933860. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019048).

Item Number: HL.48019048

ISBN 1423418328. 9x12 inches.

This unique compilation is a wonderful, substantial sampling of art song in the English language, with composers from both sides of the Atlantic. The publication includes many first-time transpositions, as the song list is the same for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions.

  • My Life's Delight (Quilter) 
  • Weep you no more (Quilter) 
  • Waterbird (Hundley) 
  • Spring Sorrow (Ireland) 
  • Sleep (Gurney) 
  • Money, O! (Head) 
  • Bright is the ring of words (Vaughan Williams) 
  • Dirge (Argento) 
  • Spring (Argento) 
  • Spring is like a perhaps hand (Argento) 
  • when faces called flowers float out of the ground (Argento) 
  • In the Public Gardens (Beeson) 
  • Indiana Homecoming (Beeson) 
  • Civet a Toute Vitesse (Rabbit at Top Speed) (Bernstein) 
  • Greeting (Bernstein) 
  • I hate music! (Bernstein) 
  • Jupiter has seven moons (Bernstein) 
  • Love went a-riding (Bridge) 
  • At the mid hour of night (Britten) 
  • If it's ever spring again (Britten) 
  • Nocturne (Britten) 
  • The Salley Gardens (Britten) 
  • Sephestia's Lullaby (Britten) 
  • These, My Ophelia (Chanler) 
  • Down by the salley gardens (Clarke) 
  • The Seal Man (Clarke) 
  • Heart, we will forget him (Copland) 
  • The Little Horses (Copland) 
  • Poet's Song (Copland) 
  • Why do they shut me out of Heaven? (Copland) 
  • Acrostic Song (Del Tredici) 
  • Central Park at Dusk (Duke) 
  • There will be stars (Duke) 
  • Fear no more the heat o' the sun (Finzi) 
  • It was a lover and his lass (Finzi) 
  • Oh fair to see (Finzi) 
  • Rain (Floyd) 
  • Where Go the Boats? (Floyd) 
  • The Astronomers (Hundley) 
  • Sweet Suffolk Owl (Hundley) 
  • How should I your true love know? (Quilter) 
  • Alleluia (Rorem) 
  • Ferry me across the water (Rorem) 
  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (Foster/Rorem) 
  • Love (Rorem) 
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Rorem) 
  • The lads in their hundreds (Somervell) 
  • Take, O take those lips away (Warlock) 
  • Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams) 
  • At the River (Copland) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Jeffrey Darlington
    Kent, England
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  • 2007-03-25 00:00:00.0 An excellent and unusual collection

    This is a valuable and most unusual compilation. Other multi-composer song books lean either to the operatic repertoire or to the German Lieder tradition. Here is a collection of songs by both American and English composers sampling the flowering of the art song in English through the first part...

    of the twentieth century. The songs are chosen as singer-friendly and none is excessively difficult, though some skill is assumed, especially of the pianist in some of the more elaborate settings. I have so far enjoyed the English songs more than the American (perhaps because I am British?). Some of the latter, such as Ned Rorem’s re-working of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, seem a little bizarre to me. The collection should certainly appeal to anyone in search of unusual repertoire.

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