The voice parts of this imaginative
arrangement are very melodic, so it will be easy for the singers to feel secure
on their parts supported by piano accompaniment.
The other dimension of this piece is the contrast Andrew Rousseau achieves
between the stanzas, written by the 19th century Irish poet, William Allingham.
It begins and ends with a very up-beat chorus, but two of the stanzas are marked
Mysteriously and Freely, giving the conductor the freedom for
The text to this original
composition paints a vivid picture of the “wee folk” who
are often blamed for unexplainable things in nature, such as the mysterious
northern lights or how thorns get into one’s bed at night. Also, the legend
implies that time in the fairy realm moves at a very different pace than in
the mortal world.
Fantastical maters can often intrigue the imagination of the early adolescent singer. Consider the success of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Porter.
You may find that the
variable voicing charts offers a vareity of voicing options.
Words by William Allingham
Music by Andrew
Arranged by Andrew
Voicing with Piano (CP Catalog #C905209)
Three-Part Variable Voicing
with Piano (CP Catalog #C905208)