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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.
Title,
voicing,
timing,
complexity
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SATB
2m 00s
*
'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.
Music: Ernest Buck (1908-1975), arr. Michael Buck. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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1004
B
SATB
2m 30s
*
This is included in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs. 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.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
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1020
B
SATB with descant
1m 40s
**
A sweetly melancholy song about the consolation of birdsong. A lovely descant graces the second half.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1034
B
SATB with tenor solo
3m 00s
**
One of Burns' most famous songs, and his original melody, in a strophic arrangement with spare harmonies.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1031
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
(Words in Latin) 'Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia!'
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Anon.
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5002
B
SATB divisi
1m 45s
**
This is included in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs. 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”.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
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1022
B
SATB
1m 40s
**
This is included in the set Three Helen Cruickshank songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song in Scots about remembrance of past love, set with stark simlpicity.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
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1011
B
SATB
6m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three very different settings of poems by this “Scottish renaissance” poet.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).
1038
D
SATB
2m 15s
*
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.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: William Dunbar.
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1012
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
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.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Tom Scott (1918-1995).
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4010
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
'Sorrow remembers us...it sits in its old chair, gently rocking.' A pensive through-composed setting of a 20th-century Scots poem.
Music: Michael Buck. Words: Ian Crichton Smith (1928-1998).
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1018
B
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