44 British classic and modern secular part-songs for mixed voices from Purcell to the present day. With this anthology, selected and edited by Robert Walker, choirs are provided with accessible material of many styles and eras: from arcadian Purcell, the classical simplicity of Arne, from Sterndale Bennett and Sullivan, writing during the golden age of glee clubs through the late-Romantic era of Elgar and Bantock, and the early twentieth century British renaissance of Holst and Moeran to contemporary composers like Musgrave, Bennett and Kelly. This set of works will be within the scope of all choirs and levels of accomplishment. All vocal ranges are given and rehearsal piano accompaniments provided.
A great selection - a lot of fun is to be had singing these songs, from Sterndale Bennett's ‘Come Live With Me’ to Arne's ‘Which is the Properest Day to Sing?’ via the wonderful Matyas Seiber's ‘There Was an Old Man in a Tree’.
There are a lot of old favourites (Stanford's ‘The Blue Bird’, Elgar's ‘There is Sweet Music’, Sullivan's ‘The Long Day Closes’) and also a whole lot more that this singer, at least, has never come across before (and is looking forward to) - Joubert's ‘Sweet Content’, Richard Rodney ‘Bennett's Madrigal’, Stanford's ‘Cupid and Rosalind’). But apart from the selection itself, the best thing about this book is the notes by Robert Walker on each item. Entertaining, informative and a real indicator of the atmosphere of each piece. Really great. Anonymous
- (Aylesbury, United Kingdom)