Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Arnold Book of Old Songs

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Arnold Book of Old Songs

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QUILTER, ROGER (1877-1953). ARNOLD BOOK OF OLD SONGS. High and Low voice volumes with a CD of accompaniments. Boosey & Hawkes, 2006 (Hal Leonard).

Composed in 1942 as a gift for Quilter's nephew, Arnold Guy Vivian, who was serving in the military during World War II, these folk song settings became a published memorial for the young man who, a year later, was listed as missing in action. First published individually, the eleven folk song arrangements were collected in the Arnold Book of Old Songs, along with five additional arrangements (Old English Popular Songs), and published in 1950. The original keys are for medium voice and remain available in the first edition. These two volumes contain transposed keys more suitable for higher and lower voices, much like the recent transposed key edition of Copland's Old American Songs. Included is an enhanced technology CD (variable tempo and key) with the piano accompaniments played by Laura Ward. The contents listed below give the original key and the two transposed keys for each song in high, medium, low order (H/M/L). …

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