Arthur Somervell's sympathetic 4-part adaptation of Vaughan-Williams' lovely Dorsetshire folk song doesn't at the moment appear to be in fashion, but its message is as perennial today and its style as fresh as when it was written in 1901.
Any competent SATB choir should be capable of singing this 3-verse diatonic classic part-song which evokes the English countryside in Autumn, although sops should be prepared to reach a top A flat in the v.2 descant that floats above the melody in the tenor line (it could be transposed down a semitone into G major).
This unaccompanied version of what is best in the tradition of the folk somg revival comes with piano redaction for rehearsal. Your choir will love singing this choral gem and your audience will be captivated by it, probably humming its memorable melody on the way home.
Hints of ripe fruits with a whiff of bonfire smoke! Anonymous
- (Bracknell, United Kingdom)