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Music Text

Robert Burns (Scots)

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley
Paisley Abbey Choir / George McPhee
Repertoire Note

Choral level of difficulty: 2 (5 greatest)

This ideal introduction to MacMillan’s secular choral music is rich in Scottish flavour, appropriate to its Robert Burns text. Characteristic vocal elements are the ornamental inflections drawn from Scottish folk music and Gaelic Psalmody, and the overall mood is one of tranquility. Distinctive colourings of the voice parts are explored through triple divisions of the sopranos and double divisions in the other parts.

Repertoire Note by Paul Spicer

Recommended Recording

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / BBC Singers / John Scott
Chandos CHAN9997 

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