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'
b) 'Four Nocturnes' for Female Voice and Piano (2020)
Four songs to words by Andrew Young. They could be performed as a set, or in any combination or as solo items. They are: i) 'Summer Night' ii) 'Daisies' iii) 'Nocturne' and iv) 'The Moon' (Vocal Range Bb to F)
A video of natural scenes has been specially made by Stuart Barry to accompany another of the Nocturnes. This song is entitled 'Nocturne' and is again performed by Lucy Elston and Laurence Panter. The words of Andrew Young are particularly evocative and atmospheric. The last verse repeats the first just as in the poem, but with a slightly modified accompaniment.
W. Shakespeare (1563-1616)
c) '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' :
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
d) 'A Thomas Hardy Collection' - for Baritone and Piano
Eight Hardy settings that can be performed in any combination or separately as stand-alone songs.
- When I Set Out For Lyonesse
- The Voice
- Summer Schemes
- In The Small Hours
- The Ballad-Singer
- The Oxen
- Great Things
Here are two sung by Mike Sanderson, accompanied by the composer:
'When I Set Out For Lyonesse' :
Ursula Vaughan Williams with John Whittaker in 2004
e) 'Silence and Music'
Settings of poems by Ursula Vaughan Williams - for Baritone and Alto Voice and Piano
i) 'Man Makes Delight His Own' (Baritone)
ii) 'From Joy to Fire' (Alto)
iii) 'Song' (Baritone)
iv) 'Night' (Alto )
v) 'Nocturne' / 'The Luuling Absoluion of The Sea'. ( Baritone)
vi) 'Silence and Music' (Alto and Baritone)
The songs can be performed just as solo items (excepting the last song)
Voice and Orchestra:
a) 'A Christmas Garland'
Five Seasonal Songs for Baritone and Orchestra. Duration 12 mins. Words by a variety of poets. (See also under 'Orchestral Music')
Listen to Andrew Sparling sing the third movement: 'A Recipe For A Christmas Pudding', accompanied by the Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra (conductor Robert Roscoe):
b) '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).
John Skelton 1463-1529
c) 'The Manner of The Worlde Nowadays' (2019-20)
A work for Baritone and Orchestra founded on the poems of John Skelton. A light-hearted work consisting of a Prologue, 4 poem settings and an Epilogue. It includes a setting of the title poem 'The World Nowadays'. The singer takes on the character of the poet himself. The piece is influenced by the music of Vaughan Williams and indeed in the course of the Epilogue there is a short quotation from Vaughan Williams' ' 5 Tudor Portraits' - his settings of the same poet. Yet to be performed. Duration 20 mins approx.
The work is meant to be performed with an orchestra, and not a piano - but here is a 'demo' of 'Merry Margaret' - recorded in the acoustics of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, with the wonderful singing of Michael Craddock (of the Gesualdo Six Singers) who kindly assisted in the singing of the first run-through of the through the whole work. When the disruption caused by the pandemic is over, the composer hopes that he will indeed sing the whole of the cantata with an orchestra....
Alf Williams (1945-2001)
a) '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)
b) 'The Star Carol'
For 4-part Choir (SATB) and organ/piano (also an orchestrated version). Words by Alf Williams.
c) 'Three Shakespeare Songs'
For 4-part Female Choir (SSAA) and piano. Blow Thou Winter Wind / Orpheus With His Lute / O Mistress Mine
d) 'Three Shakespeare Songs' (for SATB)
For 4-part Choir (SATB with some divisi) and piano. Blow Thou Winter Wind / 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)
e) '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.
f) 'Who is Silvia?'
For Unaccompanied Choir (SATB). Some divisi. Words by W. Shakespeare.
(First performance by the Gratis Choir, choral director Jeremy Rawson, May 2019)
g) 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
h) 'I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud'
- a setting of the famous poem by William Wordsworth for Unaccompanied Choir (SATB). Some divisi. Unperformed.
i) 'A Recipe for a Christmas Pudding'
- a light-hearted musical setting of 'A Recipe in Rhyme' by Doctor Chase (1903) for SATB Choir with piano accomp. Music available on PDF Link: 'Recipe For A Christmas Pudding'
j) 'The Carol of Mary'
- for unaccompanied choir in 5 parts (SAATB). This carol has been written to tell the Nativity story from the viewpoint of Mary herself. The words are by Nia Williams - the well-known contemporary Oxford-based writer.
*All Choral and Solo Voice Music by the composer is available free of charge on request