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Fantasia on "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair

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Jerry Nowak

Traditional, arranged by Jerry Nowak


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General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Northeastern Music Pubs.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Old meets new in this engaging and musical setting. This lovely folk tune is treated to new, contemporary harmonic treatments to make a completely creative and colorful presentation. The resulting work is an appealing combination of the best of two worlds.

- Program Note by publisher


Black Is the Colour (of My True Love's Hair) (Roud 3103) is a traditional folk song first known in the USA in the Appalachian Mountains but originating from Scotland, as attributed to the reference to the Clyde in the song's lyrics. The musicologist Alan Lomax supported this Scottish origin, saying that the song was an American "re-make of British materials."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


The text references a girl who is waiting for her lover to return from sea.

Black is the color of my true love’s hair.
His face is like some rosy fair,
The prettiest face and the neatest hands,
I love the ground whereon he stands.
I love my love and well he knows,
I love the ground whereon he goes,
If you no more on earth I see,
I can’t serve you as you have me.
The winter’s passed and the leaves are green,
The time is passed that we have seen,
But still I hope the time will come,
When you and I shall be as one.
I go to Clyde for to mourn and weep,
But satisfied I never could sleep.
I’ll write you a few short lines,
I’ll suffer death ten thousand times.
I love my love and well he knows,
I love the ground whereon he goes,
If you no more on earth I see,
I can’t serve you as you have me.


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Louisiana: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


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