Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Four Folk Songs

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Four Folk Songs

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LURYE, PETER, Arranger. FOUR FOLK SONGS. For High Voice and Piano. Also published for Medium Voice. PL Music, LLC, 1987 (CVR, 2011). Traditional keys (medium keys down a third); E[musical flat]^sub 4^-B[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: CR, M; varied tempos; V/M-mD; P/M-mD; 30 pages. High and medium voices.

1. "Oh, No, John." B[musical flat] major; F^sub 4^-F^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 2/2, Bright, not rushed ... = 88; V/M, P/M; 7 pages.

2. "The Keeper of the Eddystone Light." E[musical flat] major; E[musical flat]^sub 4^-B[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 4/4, 2/4, Hearty and jolly J = 100; V/M-mD, P/M-mD; 6 pages.

3. "Searching for Lambs." B minor; F#-F#^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 5/8, 4/8, 3/8, 3/4, Gently flowing, with feeling ... = 72-76; V/mD, P/M-mD; 5 pages.

4. "The Fox." G major; F#^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 2/4, Very fast and light, with verve ... = 152-160; V/M-mD, P/M-mD; 12 pages.

Peter Lurye, primarily a film composer, has arranged these four folk-songs in interesting ways. The familiar "Oh, No, John" begins with a single sustained F^sub 4^ on the keyboard under the melody of the vocal line. As the song progresses, the piano part becomes at first more chordal and then takes on more movement, including some polymetric evocation of church bells. …

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