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Stephen Hatfield: Folk Songs for 3 Part Treble

Song NameArrangerVoicing
Girl of the Branches (Nighean nan Geug)Stephen HatfieldSSA
When the Stars FallStephen HatfieldSSA
ColcannonStephen HatfieldSSA
The Green Shores of FogoStephen HatfieldSSA
Apple-Tree WassailStephen HatfieldSSA

The "Apple-Tree Wassail" comes from the cider country of Devon and Somerset, where it might be sung in the orchards or at the farmer's door. Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon wes hael - to be healthy. "The Green Shores of Fogo" bears marks of Irish provenance, although its musical origins were lost before Kenneth Peacock collected the song from Mrs. John Fogarty in 1952. The tune, which Peacock considered one of the most beautiful modal melodies he had ever heard, has attracted more than one set of lyrics, and is also known in Newfoundland as "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle." Colcannon, made from various combinations of cabbage, kale, onions, scallions and potatoes mashed with butter and milk, is one of Ireland's most famous traditional dishes. Although this piece at first seems like a tribute to food, it's really a tribute to memory, and to times gone. The verses take us from the home, to the school, to courting on a country lane, with the narrator a little older in every verse, and a little more aware of the magic of the moment. "Girl of the Branches" emulates the long phrases and finely developed breath control that is a hallmark of Gaelic singing. Also included is the Jutland folk song "When The Star Falls".

Item code: 9234B | Sheet Music | $9.95 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | SSA. Treble | 39 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10 | Canada
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