Originally composed for 4 male voices, this music, for choir with 4 mixed voices, is very characteristic of the homophonic style called "glee" with a harmony full of surprise and close to the "close harmony" that the we find in Barbershop Music and jazz.
Edward Alexander Mc Dowell adapted a text in German by the composer Peter Cornelius (Wiegenlied: Vöglein fliegt dem Nestchen zu, hat sich müd geflogen ...).
The French text does not seek to be a faithful translation of the originals, but rather an almost impressionist expression of the atmosphere of this song.
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From one of Henry Purcell's last compositions (Bonduca - 1695) this "catch" is a canon for 3 voices worthy of the farces of Molière or Shakespeare.
Very pleasant to sing, it does not require less rigor for its implementation.
The score is...
This famous English Carol is traditionally sung in the United Kingdom and the USA. The version published here is from a collection of the Library of Congress in Washington.
The French adaptation has retained the almost naive and descriptive...
John Blow (1659-1708)
Choir singer at the Royal Chapel restored by Charles II Stuart on his return from exile (1660), John Blow was appointed at the age of nineteen, organist of Westminster Abbey (1668). He resigned twelve years later in 1680 in...
Franz-Xaver Chwatal, of Czech origin, wrote many melodies with lyrics which have been translated into different languages. The original text of this "partsong" is in German. The French version for 4 mixed voices is published here. It requires some...