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Michael Buck
Michael Buck started composing as a member of Rudsambee company of singers. He is a retired librarian and a lover of poetry, which is the main inspiration for his music.
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1004
SATB
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'O! Shairly ye hae seen my love doun whaur the waters wind?' A short, stark ballad about the disappearance of a fisherman. Words by Perthshire poet William Soutar. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Ernest Buck (1908-1975), arr. Michael Buck. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1012
SATB
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The ladye in question has 'everie virtew that is held most deir' - except only that she is 'mercyles' (merciless). A quiet and reflective strophic setting of a poem by William Dunbar, who served at the court of James IV of Scotland. 2m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: William Dunbar (c.1460-c.1513).
Transcription and pronunciation guide included.
B
1018
SATB
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'Sorrow remembers us...it sits in its old chair, gently rocking.' A pensive through-composed setting of a 20th-century Scots poem. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Ian Crichton Smith (1928-1998).
B
1031
SATB with tenor solo
**
One of Burns' most famous songs, and his original melody, in a strophic arrangement with spare harmonies. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1034
SATB with descant
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A sweetly melancholy song about the consolation of birdsong. A lovely descant graces the second half. 1m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1038
SATB
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This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three very different settings of poems by this “Scottish renaissance” poet. 6m 00s
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
D
1011
SATB
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This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song in Scots about remembrance of past love, set with stark simlpicity. 1m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1020
SATB
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This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A mysterious and chilling story, allegedly based on a true incident in which a 20th century visitor to Iona was found dead by the fairy mound. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
1022
SATB divisi
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This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song in Scots about facing hardship, using weather as a metaphor. Half the choir is used to create sound effects of driving wind and rain, while the rest sing about “biding the storm that you cannot hinder”. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
4010
SATB
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A Christmas fable, beautifully told in the Scots language, of how the robin got its red breast attempting to wrest the nail from Christ's hand. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Tom Scott (1918-1995).
Pronunciation guide included
B
5002
SATB
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(Words in Latin) 'Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia!' 1m 30s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Anon.
full pronunciation guide included
B
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