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Frances Cockburn
Frances leads the successful Edinburgh-based a cappella trio Simmerdim.  She was a founder/member of a cappella group the Wild Myrtles for seven years; and before that, from 2000 to 2006, she was the Musical Director of Rudsambee company of singers.  She writes and arranges a steady stream of choral music, much of it deeply rooted in the Scots tradition.
Number,
voicing
Title,
complexity
Description,
links
Price Band
1001
SATB
**
A richly harmonised setting of Robert Burns' famous song about the pain of parting with 'no regrets'. SATB with quartet verse and optional soli. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1013
SATB
*
'Think them poorest who can be a slave, them richest who dare to be free.' A powerful song of reconciliation from a part of the UK once torn by violence. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
B
1017
SATB
**
Poetry sung aloud is the style of this wistful setting, evoking the play of light and shadow both in love and in the world outside. 0m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1032
SATB
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for soloist and backing vocals. 2m 0s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
Translation included.
A
1033
SSAA
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for two soloists and backing vocals. 2m 0s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
Translation included.
A
1037
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three poems in Scots vernacular – images of landscape and home life as a setting for love and loss. 5m 00s
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
D
1021
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A strophic setting of a folk-style Scots poem celebrating a quiet and beautiful place in rural Perthshire. 1m 15s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1029
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Love can be blown away like a flower in the wind, but it still leaves a trace in the heart. Scots poem set in a lilting folk idiom. 1m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1009
SATB
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I wad hae gi'en him my lips to kiss, had I been his...' A song of regret for lost chances, written in a lilting folk style. A strong alto melody can be featured as the upper line, or accompanied by a soprano descant. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1041
SSA
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
1042
TBB
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
1043
SAB
**
This stirring song by Robert Burns, written in 1795, extols the worth of the poor yet honest man above that of lords and princes. The three-part arrangement is easy to learn and gives the tune to different voices from verse to verse. 3m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1049
SAB
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in SAB format suitable for changing voices. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
Translation included.
A
1518
SSAA
**
This is the Wild Myrtles arrangement of a lovely and heartfelt song collected by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser in 1905. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
Pronunciation guide and translation included.
B
2014
SATB
*
'She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree...'. This simple and beautiful arrangement of a classic song of love and regret is one of our best sellers. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
B
2020
SATB
**
A warmly harmonised setting of traditional Manx words, featuring separate female and male voice verses and full SATB refrains. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2031
SATB
**
(Words in Finnish). A charming traditional Finnish song. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Finnish.
full pronunciation guide included
B
2036
SSAA
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship, marriage and children ... 1m 45s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
B
2047
SSAA
**
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia. 2m 15s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
2048
TTBB
**
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia. 2m 15s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
2049
SSAB
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship. Bass range suitable for changing voices. 1m 45s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
B
2052
SSAA
**
The catchy gospel song made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2m 45s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. American.
C
2058
SSA
**
Two Northumbrian songs about unattainable bonny lads 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
2059
SSAB
**
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia. 2m 15s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
3002
SATB
**
A quiet, simple and beautiful original setting of Yeats' wonderful love poem. Music by Frances Cockburn. 2m 20s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
B
3020
SATB
**
'I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow...' A positive and uplifting celebration of the human spirit that will never die. 1m 10s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905–2004).
A
3035
SATB
**
Setting of a poem by Anne Bradstreet, one of America's first female poets. Great text for a wedding. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Anne Bradstreet.
B
4059
SSAA
**
Close harmonies and a lilting meter distinguish this strophic setting of the lovely medieval English hymn to Mary. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: mediaeval English anon.
B
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