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Three English Folk Song Miniatures

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: I 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pepper

Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Eb Alto Saxophone
Cornets I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Tenor Part

  • Bb Soprano Clarinet III
  • Bb Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone/Euphonium
  • Bb Euphonium TC

Bass Part

  • Bassoon
  • Bb Bass Clarinet
  • Eb Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone/Euphonium
  • Tuba

Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)



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Program Notes

England enjoys a rich folk song tradition. Composers such as Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams rekindled an interest in this heritage at the beginning of the 20th century by arranging numerous songs, some of which were transcribed for the first time. Philip Sparke selected three songs from the 18th and 19th century for his Three Folk Song Miniatures: the Serman’s song Dance to Your Daddy, the love song O Waly, Waly and Bobby Shafto, a song from the northwest of England.

-Program Note by publisher

England, in common with many countries, has a long and distinguished tradition of folk song and an aural tradition dating back many centuries. Composers such as Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams led a renewal of interest in this heritage in the early 1900s and collected many folk songs from various parts of the country, writing down many for the first time.

Dance to Your Daddy is also sometimes called When the boat Comes In and hails from the fishing villages of the north-east, particularly Northumberland. Its lyrics describe a mother promising her son, whose father is a fisherman, that he shall have a fishy when the boat comes in and telling him how his life will turn out if he follows his father's worthy example.

O Waly, Waly is a love song which Cecil Sharp collected in Somerset. Also known as The Water is Wide, the song dates from back to the 1600s and there are many variants, especially in Scotland. It is a lover's lament and describes loves as 'bright as a jewel' even though it can sometimes grow old and fade away.

Bobby Shafto also originates in the north-east. It is believed that the original Bobby Shafto was Irish, but the song was used as political propaganda for the Durham Member of Parliament, Robert Shafter (1730-97), when his supporters added new verses at aid his election campaign.

-Program Note from score

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State Ratings

  • Florida: II

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