Voice and Piano:
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a) 'By Each Hedge and Hill'
A Song-Cycle of six songs for Baritone and Piano. Words by Andrew Young. Duration approx. 13 mins. (Also Versions for Piano and String Quartet / Small Orchestra and Baritone.) The songs trace a journey through the seasons of the year.
The following songs are sung by Mike Paarn (Baritone)
Song 4 'Stay Spring' :
Song 5 'Spring Song' :
Song 6 'Song'
W. Shakespeare (1563-1616)
b) 'Under The Greenwood Tree'
Song-Cycle of five songs for Baritone and Piano. Words by William Shakespeare. Duration approx. 11 mins.
The following songs are sung by Mike Paarn accompanied by the composer. (Except no. 3 - Oskar McCarthy accompanied by Chris Gill.)
Song 2. ''When Daffodils'' :
Song 3. 'Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind' :
Song 4. 'Orpheus With His Lute' :
Song 5. 'O Mistress Mine' :
T. Hardy (1840-1928)
c) Five Songs to words by Thomas Hardy - for Baritone and Piano
- When I Set Out For Lyonesse
- The Voice
- Summer Schemes
- The Oxen
These five Hardy settings can be performed in any combination or separately as stand-alone songs.
Here are two sung by Mike Sanderson, accompanied by the composer:
'When I Set Out For Lyonesse' :
Ursula Vaughan-Williams (1911-2007)
d) 'Man Makes Delight His Own'
Song for Baritone and Piano. Words by Ursula Vaughan Williams.
Voice and Orchestra:
e) 'A Christmas Garland'
Five Seasonal Songs for Baritone and Orchestra. Duration 12 mins. Words by a variety of poets. (See also under 'Orchestral Music')
f) 'By Each Hedge and Hill'
Song Cycle for Baritone and Orchestra. Duration 12 mins. Words by Andrew Young. (see also in 'Voice and Piano' section).
Alf Williams (1945-2001)
g) 'The Journey'
A short choral work for Christmas, written for unaccompanied 6-part female choir (SSSAAA). Words by Alf Williams. This piece contains a section of 'random' singing - to evoke snow gently falling - so that every performance will be different! Duration approx. 4 mins. (First perf. in Dec. 2016, Bern, Switzerland by Les Voc-a-les)
h) 'The Star Carol'
For 4-part Choir (SATB) and organ/piano (also an orchestrated version). Words by Alf Williams.
i) 'Three Shakespeare Songs'
for 4-part Female Choir (SSAA) and piano. Blow Thou Winter Wind / Orpheus With His Lute / O Mistress Mine
j) 'Two Shakespeare Songs'
For 4-part Choir (SATB with some divisi) and piano. Orpheus With His Lute / O Mistress Mine
( 'O Mistress Mine' was given its public premier in May 2017 by the Arterian Singers, Cottingham, East Yorkshire)
k) 'It Was A Lover and His Lass'
For 4-part Unaccompanied Choir (SATB) Written in a 'madrigal' style, with some division of parts. Words by W. Shakespeare. Revised since (with all 4 verses).
(The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids gave this piece its premiere in Nov. 2016, at Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. )
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids.
L) 'Who is Silvia?'
For Unaccompanied Choir (SATB). Some divisi. Words by W. Shakespeare.
K) The Miners' Carol
- a traditional carol, arranged for Organ (or Piano) and Choir (SATB)
(First performance by the Pangbourne Choral Society, choral director Ellie Calver, December, 2018)
Click on the play button below to hear the 'The Miner's Carol', sung by The Pangbourne Choral Society:
William Wordsworth 1830-50
L) 'I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud'
- a setting of the famous poem by William Wordsworth for Unaccompanied Choir (SATB). Some divisi. Quite difficult. Best for a professional or semi-professional choir. Unperformed. (2018)