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

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Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes (Tubular Bells)
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

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


Mark Camphouse weaves beautifully musical strains of the classic folk song in his fantasia for concert band. This intimate and lyrical setting will challenge and inspire your band while exploring and celebrating our rich folk song heritage.

- Program Note from publisher


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


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Adult Band Camp (Tom Riccobono, conductor) - 11 August 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (Joshua E. Long, conductor) - 14 February 2019
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 18 November 2017
  • Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival Orchestra (Fresno. Calif.) (Mark Camphouse, conductor) - 13 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)


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