English Pastoral Partsongs

English Pastoral Partsongs : Vocal score

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These settings, breathtaking in their simplicity and beauty, reflect and confirm the wide view of English music in the first half of this century: the selections, by Delius, Holst, Howells, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, and Warlock--and others--uniquely give the choral sound and the imagery of nature. English Pastoral Partsongs nicely compliments other Oxford secular choral anthologies: English Romantic Partsongs, The English Glee, and English Madrigals.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 128 pages
  • 175 x 252.7 x 10.4mm | 288.64g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193437228
  • 9780193437227
  • 879,247

Review quote

A fascinating and rewarding compilation, all a capella and from straightforward 4-part homophony to 7 and 8 parts of rhythmic complexity. Beautifully produced; an admirably informative preface. Well worth serious investigation. * Mastersinger * It promises to become OUP's most successful anthology of this type since their now standard book of English Madrigals, published in 1978 ... This is no collection of repertoire pops, but rather an exploration of the range and depth of the English partsong ... This resonably priced volume should encourage choral directors not only to seek new repertoire, but to explore more fully the sound of our hybrid language, English ... Production values are high throughout. * The Singer *
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Table of contents

In the wilderness ; The splendour falls on castle walls ; To daffodils ; My spirit sang all day ; I praise the tender flower ; Haste on, my joys! ; Devotion ; This have I done for my true love ; Dream Tryst ; The Scribe ; The hills ; Love is a sickness ; O mistress mine ; Three Shakespeare Songs ; Silence and Music ; Soft music ; The spring of the year
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About Paul Spicer

Paul Spicer began his musical training as a chorister at New College, Oxford. He studied with Herbert Howells and Richard Popplewell at the Royal College of Music in London, winning the Walford Davies Organ Prize in his final year. He taught music for ten years from 1974 at Uppingham School and Ellesmere College before becoming a Producer for BBC Radio 3 in 1984, and Senior Producer for the Midlands Region in 1986 based in Birmingham. In 1990 he became Artistic
Director of the Lichfield International Arts Festival, and also Director of the Abbotsholme Arts Society. He relinquished these posts in July 2001 in order to pursue a completely freelance musical career.
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