Songs of Magical Creatures

Scored for: SATB, piano, percussion, strings and harp
Level: Medium
Duration:15 minutes

Other Info:  Songs of Magical Creatures sets three sections from Shakespeare's plays; 2 pieces from A Midsummer Night's Dream (one of the fairies and Puck) and Ariel's speech Full Fathom Five from The Tempest. Commissioned in 2015 by Eric Cross for Newcastle Bach Choir celebrating their centenary.

Instrumentation: SATB, Piano, Harp and Percussion (1 to 3 players on mark tree, assorted cymbals, crotales, chimes/bells, light drum kit), Strings [This work may be performed with piano and a selection of percussion]

 

 

FAIRY'S SONG (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander every where,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits: I’ll be gone;
Our queen and all her elves come here anon.

 

FULL FATHOM FIVE (from The Tempest)
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them,—ding-dong, bell.

 

SHADOWS (from Midsummer Night's Dream)
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended—
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearnèd luck
Now to ’scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long.
Else the Puck a liar call.
So good night unto you all.
Give me your hands if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

 

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String parts supplied 4,3,2,3,2

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