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Robert Sheldon

Traditional, arranged by Robert Sheldon


General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folksong
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $49.00; (digital) - $49.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute/Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The traditional folksong used as the basis of this setting was first known in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States, but most probably originated in Scotland. It is a poignant song about a girl who is waiting for her lover to return from sea. This stunning setting brings out the emotional content and makes a moving contribution to young band repertoire.

- 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.


In memory of Mark Williams.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Florida: II
  • Georgia: III
  • Louisiana: II
  • North Carolina: III
  • Texas: II. Complete


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