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Scarborough Fair

Traditional English Folk Song

"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English ballad. The song lists a number of impossible tasks given to a former lover who lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The melody is in Dorian mode and is very typical of the middle English period. Dozens of versions existed by the end of the 18th century. A number of older versions refer to locations other than Scarborough Fair, including Wittingham Fair, Cape Ann, "twixt Berwik and Lyne", etc. Many versions do not mention a place-name and are often generically titled ("The Lovers' Tasks", "My Father Gave Me an Acre of Land", etc.). The references to the traditional English fair, "Scarborough Fair" and the refrain "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" date to 19th century versions and the refrain may have been borrowed from the ballad Riddles Wisely Expounded which has a similar plot.



Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Made popular as both a folk song and a pop song, this 2-part arrangement of the traditional English folk song is a wonderful tool for teaching part singing. The hand drum and finger cymbal parts add to the style and create a wonderful opportunity to teach rhythm reading. The lush piano accompaniment is independent when it can be and supportive when it needs to be.

Voicing: 2-Part



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Bob Chilcott : Jazz Folk Songs For Choirs : SATB : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : Bob Chilcott : 9780193359246

Bob Chilcott : Jazz Folk Songs For Choirs

This exciting collection by Bob Chilcott gives a jazzy twist to nine favourite folk songs from around the world. The spiral-bound edition is accompanied by a fantastic backing CD, allowing choirs to perform with jazz-trio accompaniment. Bob Chilcott currently conducts the chorus at the Royal College of Music in London and is in great demand as a guest conductor and leader of choral workshops worldwide.

Songlist: Composer's Note, A La Claire Fontaine (There by the Crystal Fountain), En La Macarenita (Down in Macarena), Hush, Little Baby, Sakura (Cherry Tree), Scarborough Fair, Tell My Ma, The House of the Rising Sun, Tuoll' On Mun Kultani (There is my Loved one), Waltzing Matilda, CD Tracklist and Credits

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Voicing: SATB | 7067b | Songbook & 1 CD | $15.75


Daryl Runswick : Five English Folksongs : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999180022 : 08718002

Daryl Runswick : Five English Folksongs

From the Faber Choral Programme Series. Each volume presents a group or groups of compatible pieces designed to form the basis of a "block" within a choral concert program. Imaginative, versatile and a wonderful addition to SATB concert repertoire.

Songlist: Bobby Shafto, Dance To Your Daddy (Dance To Thy Daddy), The Frog And The Crow, Scarborough Fair, She Moved Through The Fair

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Voicing: SATB | 9540b | Songbook | $3.95 | A Cappella


Mary Goetze : Classic Folk Songs : SSA : Sheet Music

Mary Goetze : Classic Folk Songs

Mary Goetze presents here a setting of the most familiar variant of this traditional folk ballad, "Scarborough Fair," in which two lovers make impossible requests of each other. The texture shifts from homophonic to imitative counterpoint. Brief dissonances created and resolved by stepwise progression of the accompanying voices reflect the bittersweetness of the text. "Hold the Wind," a simple yet stirring melody in the mixolydian mode, was sung by a blacksmith. The simple harmonization highlights the beauty of the melody. "Shenandoah" is set with very simple ideas which complement and support the motion of the beautiful melody. The accompanying voices can be learned quickly, for they sing like melodies and progress by step. "Old Joe Clark," a familiar fiddle tune of our American heritage is arranged in a playful setting which captures the flavor of the jocular text.

Songlist: Scarborough Fair, Hold The Wind, Shenandoah, Old Joe Clark

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Voicing: SSA | 9076b | Sheet Music | $7.50 | A Cappella


Robert Latham : Classic English Folksongs : SSA : Songbook : 9780571571857 : 12-0571571859

Robert Latham : Classic English Folksongs

This collection of folk songs is perfect for any choir looking for fresh arrangements of old favorites. It collects six classics from the English folk song heritage expertly arranged by Robert Latham. The pieces can be used either as part of a program or as a complete set, they are sure to be a hit with choirs and audiences alike.

Songlist: Bobby Shafto, The Turtle Dove, Scarborough Fair, Greensleeves, O No, John!, Oh Soldier Soldier

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Voicing: SSA | 40798b | Songbook | $7.50 | A Cappella


Roger Emerson : For Men Only - Concert Collection : TBB : 01 Songbook : 073999496642 : 08743706

Roger Emerson : For Men Only - Concert Collection

Perfect for beginning or more advanced men's ensembles, this Roger Emerson collection will be used over and over. Includes: Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Festival Alleluia, Scarborough Fair, Shoshone Love Song, and Ubi Caritas Et Amor (Where There Is Love). Available: TBB.

Songlist: Ubi Caritas Er Amor (Where There Is Love), Scarborough Fair, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Festival Alleluia, Shoshone Love Song

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Voicing: TBB | 4244b | Songbook | $2.95


Various Composers : The Novello Book of British Folksongs : SATB : 01 Songbook : 888680086138 : 1783054166 : 14043692

Various Composers : The Novello Book of British Folksongs

The Novello Book Of British Folksongs For Mixed-Voice Choirs is an enjoyable collection of diverse tunes that have descended from the folksongs across the British Isles. A variety of arrangements are included, both old and new, of well-loved tunes as well as some lesser-known pieces. Choirs of all types and abilities will be able to discover their favourite arrangements, either the most beautiful, the funniest, or the most enjoyable to sing. With the country experiencing a revival in singing traditional folksongs, this collection is a great way to experience the unabashed joy that performing these British tunes can bring. All 34 tunes are arranged for SATB Chorus, some with Piano accompaniment, making this a brilliant way to enhance your choir's repertoire.

Songlist: Ae Fond Kiss, A-Hunting We Will Go, All Through The Night, Auld Lang Syne, The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington, Blow the Wind Southerly, Bonny At Morn, Bring Us In Good Ale, Bushes And Briars, Ca' The Yowes, Come Lasses And Lads, Dance To Your Daddy, Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, The De'il Cam Fiddlin' Thro' The Town, The Devil And The Ploughman, Dream Angus, Goin' Up The Camborne Hill, High Germany, Ho-Ro! My Nut-Brown Maiden, I Love My Love, Mairi Bhan's Wedding, Mannin Veen, O My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, My Sweetheart's Like Venus, O Waly Waly, The Piper O' Dundee, The Raggle Taggle Gipsies, The Rio Grande, Scarborough Fair, The Ship In Distress, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 4271b | Songbook | $23.95 | A Cappella


Yumiko Matsuoka : Collection : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Yumiko Matsuoka : Collection

An arrangement of the classic folk song "Black Is The Color" that reflects the deep dark color of "my true love's hair." Opens with a tenor solo, then develops into a warm, full-textured chorus. "The Lord's Prayer" is a solemn and heartfelt a cappella rendition of the well-known tune. Rich close harmony is employed throughout, which soars to a climax with "for Thine is the kingdom." . An old English folk "Scarborough Fair" song made popular by Simon and Garfunkel arranged with a larger ensemble in mind. Tenor sings the melody, surrounded by soprano/bass pedal point and alto/baritone ostinato lines. It then shifts into different moods, keys and harmonic settings, sensitively corresponding to the lyrics. "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night" is one of the Stephen Foster evergreens, this arrangement starts with male unison, then develops into a rich close harmony with some twists here and there. Followed by a short baritone solo, it builds up to a beautiful climax with a key change, and a calm, pensive ending. An excellent showcase for a strong small group. "The Water Is Wide" is a ballad to be savored by both singers and audiences. It showcases male and female soloists over a beautiful, haunting background lines, builds up to the tutti section where each part has a moment to shine, then comes to a quiet close with a reprise of the male solo. "Simple Gifts" is an arrangement written for Vox One's album Pure Imagination, this Shaker song is transformed into an ode to the open skies of Africa. Combining a Swahili phrase for "dance and sing" and vowels not commonly used in choral singing, a bed of background lines are laid to carry the melody in 9/8. Its uplifting message comes through strongly as joyous rhythm and harmony is weaved together by each part.

Songlist: Black Is the Color, The Lord's Prayer, My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night, Scarborough Fair, The Water Is Wide, Simple Gifts

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Vox One | 2220b | Sheet Music | $15.95 | A Cappella


Charles Beale : Popular Voiceworks 2 : SATB : Songbook & 2 CDs : 9780193368941 : 9780193368941

Charles Beale : Popular Voiceworks 2

Following the outstanding success of book 1, Popular Voiceworks 2 is a second collection of jazzy and popular songs in the highly practical Voiceworks format. Packed with songs in a huge range of styles, the collection provides exciting new material written by the authors as well as choral arrangements of favourites such as 'Ain't no stoppin' us now', 'Feelin' good', and 'Bang the drum all day'. The accompanying CDs include stylish performances of all the songs, together with backings for most. This all adds up to a fabulous resource for all young and young-at-heart singing groups!

Songlist: Goin' up the ladder, Shallow Brown, We shall not be moved, Sing Love, Not when lights are low, City Lights, What they say, Good news, the chariot's comin', I'm Walkin, Harvest Rain, Bang the Drum All Day, Ner Li, Contagious, Scarborough Fair, Hard times come again no more, Fight the Power, You Got It!, Guiding Light, Gonna make a wish, Blues in B flat, Feelin' Good, Joyful, joyful, Retweet, Ain't no stoppin' us now, Falling Slowly, Fly, Everybody Rejoice, Here's where I stand

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Voicing: SATB | 2718b | Songbook & 2 CDs | $59.95


Elaine Schmidt : First 15 Lessons - Voice (Pop Singers' Edition) : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 888680720216 : 1540013847 : 00254122

Elaine Schmidt : First 15 Lessons - Voice (Pop Singers' Edition)

The First 15 Lessons series provides a step-by-step lesson plan for the absolute beginner, complete with audio tracks, video lessons, and real songs! Designed for self-teaching or for use with an instructor, you'll build a solid foundation as you work through each lesson, learning the basics of the instrument and music reading while practicing the many exercises, concepts and song excerpts within. Must-know instruction so you can start playing right away, with a free online metronome! The voice book features lessons on: full-body singing, breathing, finding your voice, vocal warmups, the vocal break, caring for your voice, diction, music literacy, building skills, working on a song, dealing with nerves and more. Includes vocal lines from 12 songs: At Last - Cups (When I'm Gone) - Danny Boy - Georgia on My Mind - Give My Regards to Broadway - Hallelujah - Hard Times Come Again No More - Homeward Bound - I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me) - Scarborough Fair - The Skye Boat Song - You Raise Me Up.

Songlist: At Last, Danny Boy, Hallelujah, You Raise Me Up, Scarborough Fair, Homeward Bound, Give My Regards To Broadway, Skye Boat Song, Cups (When I'm Gone), Georgia On My Mind, Hard Times Come Again No More, I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)

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Voicing: Solo | 40152b | Songbook & Online Audio | $9.95


Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1 - High : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081212296  : 00-21838

Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1 - High

Alfred is proud to announce the release of a brand new High edition of our top-selling vocal solo collection. Selected for contests and adjudications around the country, this incredible volume includes 11 favorite folk songs expertly crafted for solo voice and piano. Arranged by Alfred's finest writers, such as Philip Kern, Jay Althouse, Don Besig, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Carl Strommen.

Songlist: Amazing Grace , Greensleeves , 'Liza Jane , Farewell, Lad , Danny Boy, To The Sky , Scarborough Fair , She's Like The Swallow , Angels Through The Night , Homeward Bound, 'Cross The Wide Missouri

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Voicing: Solo | 5363b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1 - Medium High : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081147314  : 00-16632

Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1 - Medium High

Expertly crafted for solo voice and piano, Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Volume 1 includes 11 favorite folk songs arranged by some of Alfred's finest writers, such as Philip Kern, Jay Althouse, and Carl Strommen.

Songlist: Amazing Grace , Greensleeves , 'Liza Jane , Farewell, Lad , Danny Boy, To The Sky , Scarborough Fair , She's Like The Swallow , Angels Through The Night , Homeward Bound, 'Cross The Wide Missouri

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Voicing: Solo | 5364b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1 - Medium Low : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081147338  : 00-16634

Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1 - Medium Low

Expertly crafted for solo voice and piano, Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Volume 1 includes 11 favorite folk songs arranged by some of Alfred's finest writers, such as Philip Kern, Jay Althouse, and Carl Strommen.

Songlist: Amazing Grace , Greensleeves , 'Liza Jane , Farewell, Lad , Danny Boy, To The Sky , Scarborough Fair , She's Like The Swallow , Angels Through The Night , Homeward Bound, 'Cross The Wide Missouri

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Voicing: Solo | 5365b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


Jay Althouse : Ready to Sing... Folk Songs : Solo : Songbook & CD : 00-17175

Jay Althouse : Ready to Sing... Folk Songs

'Ready To Sing Folk Songs' Is a collection of ten folk songs arranged for voice and piano in a simple style appropriate for beginning and young soloists, unison classroom singing and elementary choral groups. Included are reproducible melody line song sheets for each song which can be distributed to your singers. Solois may also use these melody lines when learning or performing the songs.

Songlist: All Through The Night, Lil Liza Jane, Siyahamba, Scarborough Fair, Skye Boat Song, The Water Is Wide, Ma Bella Bimba, Oh Susanna, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, De Colores

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Voicing: Solo | 9529b | Songbook & CD | $29.95


Joan Frey Boytim : Easy Songs For The Beginning Tenor : Solo : Songbook & CD : 073999837582 : 0634019716 : 50483758

Joan Frey Boytim : Easy Songs For The Beginning Tenor

This series was designed to supplement traditional vocal instruction and works perfectly as preparatory literature for The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos Part II. Each piece is in English and has a limited vocal range as well as a piano accompaniment that is playable by a student pianist. The pieces include art songs, folksongs, humorous songs, and suitable vintage popular songs and are all appropriate for contest solos. The accompanying CD includes professionally-recorded accompaniments.

Songlist: The Ash Grove, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, Come, Aurora, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, A Fable, Im Herbst, Hark! Hark! The Lark, If You've Only Got A Mustache, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Katy Bell, The Little Irish Girl, Passing By, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, Requiem, Rock-A-My-Soul, The Rose Of Allandale, The Rose Of Tralee, Santa Lucia, Scarborough Fair, Standin' In The Need Of Prayer, Steal Away, When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'

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Voicing: Solo | 9186b | Songbook & CD | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : 25 Folksong Solos for Children : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 888680102401 : 149505411X : 00154679

Various : 25 Folksong Solos for Children

Folksongs especially arranged for a child's solo voice (including a unchanged boy's treble voice), with a limited range, designed to encourage lyric singing, and easy piano accompaniments. Contents: All the Pretty Little Horses - Animal Fair - Annabel Lee - The Ash Grove - Bill Grogan's Goat - Cradle Song - Every Night When the Sun Goes In -Father's Whiskers - The Generous Fiddler - How Can I Keep from Singing - Hush, Little Baby - The Lark in the Morn - Little Brown Dog - The Mermaid - My White Horse - On Mondays I Never Go to Work - Poor Lonesome Cowboy - The Red River Valley - Scarborough Fair - Shenandoah - Simple Gifts - The Streets of Laredo - Sweet the Evening Air of May - Tell Me Why - The Water Is Wide.

Songlist: Simple Gifts, All The Pretty Little Horses, Kehto Laula (Cradle Song), Water Is Wide, The Mermaid, The Generous Fiddler, Animal Fair, Tell Me Why, The Ash Grove, The Red River Valley, Mi Caballo Blanco (My White Horse), How Can I Keep From Singing, Bill Grogan's Goat, Scarborough Fair, Shenandoah, The Streets Of Laredo, Annabel Lee, Hush, Little Baby, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down, Poor Lonesome Cowboy, Lark In The Morning, Little Brown Dog, On Mondays I Never Go To Work, Father's Whiskers, Sweet The Evening Air Of May

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Voicing: Solo | 4335b | Songbook & Online Audio | $14.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Scarborough Fair : SATB : Jay Althouse : Songbook & Online Audio : 00-11308 : 038081023625

Jay Althouse : Scarborough Fair

A fresh, new, up-tempo arrangement of the popular English folk song. A great piano part drives this Jay Althouse arrangement from the opening measures. The familiar melody and superb voice leading make this an excellent concert and contest piece to show off your choir's talents. Unique!

Arranger: Jay Althouse

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-11308


Scarborough Fair : SAB : Jay Althouse : Sheet Music : 00-11309 : 038081023632

Jay Althouse : Scarborough Fair

A fresh, new, up-tempo arrangement of the popular English folk song. A great piano part drives this Jay Althouse arrangement from the opening measures. The familiar melody and superb voice leading make this an excellent concert and contest piece to show off your choir's talents. Unique!

Arranger: Jay Althouse

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-11309


Scarborough Fair : SSA : Jay Althouse : Sheet Music : 00-11310 : 038081023649

Jay Althouse : Scarborough Fair

A fresh, new, up-tempo arrangement of the popular English folk song. A great piano part drives this Jay Althouse arrangement from the opening measures. The familiar melody and superb voice leading make this an excellent concert and contest piece to show off your choir's talents. Unique!

Arranger: Jay Althouse

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-11310


Scarborough Fair : 2-Part : Thomas Juneau : Sheet Music : 00254664 : 888680721923

Thomas Juneau : Scarborough Fair

Made popular as both a folk song and a pop song, this 2-part arrangement of the traditional English folk song is a wonderful tool for teaching part singing. The hand drum and finger cymbal parts add to the style and create a wonderful opportunity to teach rhythm reading. The lush piano accompaniment is independent when it can be and supportive when it needs to be.

Arranger: Thomas Juneau

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00254664


Scarborough Fair : 2-Part : Roger Emerson : Sheet Music : 08564192 : 073999677720

Roger Emerson : Scarborough Fair

Here is a contemporary treatment of the English folksong. Set in a driving 4/4, this is an excellent introduction to partsinging for young choirs.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:45.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Country: England

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08564192


Scarborough Fair : SATB : Roger Emerson : Sheet Music : 08753001 : 884088559106

Roger Emerson : Scarborough Fair

Developing mixed choirs will enjoy rehearsing and performing this flexible setting that accommodates the changing voice! Set in a contemporary 4/4 meter, the layered vocal lines are well-crafted for success! Available separately: SAT(B), 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part. Duration: ca. 2:30.

Arranger: Roger Emerson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753001


Scarborough Fair : SAB : Roger Emerson : Sheet Music : 40319360 : 073999193602

Roger Emerson : Scarborough Fair

Here is a contemporary treatment of the English folksong. Set in a driving 4/4, this is an excellent introduction to partsinging for young choirs.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:45.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Country: England

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40319360


Scarborough Fair : SSA : Mary Goetze : Sheet Music : 48004182 : 073999318821

Mary Goetze : Scarborough Fair

Arranger: Mary Goetze | Country: England

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004182

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