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Douglas Cook
Douglas Cook has written and arranged music all his working life, firstly as a teacher and director of music in secondary schools in the south of England, and now in busy retirement in the Lake District. Singing has always been important too: he trained as a Quirister at Winchester College and currently directs a small chamber choir, Nova Cantica. He has a particular interest in medieval and Renaissance music.
Number,
voicing
Title,
complexity
Description,
links
Price Band
1019
SATB with S and T soli
***
'I come from hevin heich to tell the best nowells that e'er befell.' A plangent and flowing arrangement of a 16th century Scottish lullaby to the Christ child. Text based on a Scots translation of Martin Luther's hymn Vom Himmel Hoch. 3m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: 16th C. anon. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (16th century).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
C
2008
SATB
**
A youth — with marriage on his mind — waylays a young girl as she goes to feed her fathers lambs. Traditional spring song, with an arching melody and changing metre. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Traditional English.
B
2009
SATB
**
Garden metaphors abound in this sweet and wistful traditional song about love. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2011
SATB
**
A young girl is impatient to get married, but her mother thinks she'd be better off with a sheep or a cow! 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2029
SSA
**
Traditional English riddle song: “I will give my love an apple without any core … ” 1m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
B
2030
SSA
***
A lively and humorous arrangement of the toe-tapping shanty. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
C
4011-4
SATB
***
This is a set consisting of the 4 pieces listed below.
Four settings of medieval English texts, mixing old and new idioms. A rousing modal opening number is followed by a melting and beautiful lullaby, a delicate and innocent version of the famous poem I sing of a maiden that is makeless (using treble voices only), and a fast and exciting In excelsis gloria. See individual titles for details. 5m 30s
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
E
4011
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's version of this ancient and joyful carol has a modal flavour and makes a vigorous start to his sequence of carols. 1m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (trans. Dearmer).
A
4012
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's exquisite setting swells and dies in two-bar phrases, also rocking gently between major and minor tonalities. 1m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
Translation and pronunciation guide included.
A
4013
SAA
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A lyrical and quietly rapturous soprano line is supported by two alto parts moving mostly in parallel thirds. The widely ranging contour of the melody serves to convey a sense of wonder. [This is the same as catalogue number 4069.] 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: mediaeval English anon.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
4014
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This is full of excitement. Unison sections transition suddenly into full harmony; the meter breaks out of 2/2 into snatches of a dancing 6/4; voices combine and recombine continually, chasing towards the final In excelsis gloria. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
Pronunciation guide included.
B
4066
SAA
***
This is a set consisting of the 4 pieces listed below.
Four settings of medieval English texts, mixing old and new idioms. A rousing modal opening number is followed by a melting and beautiful lullaby, a delicate and innocent version of the famous poem I sing of a maiden that is makeless, and a fast and exciting In excelsis gloria. See individual titles for details. 5m 30s
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
E
4067
SAA
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's version ofthis ancient and joyful carol has a modal flavour and makes a vigorous start to his sequence of carols. 1m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (trans. Dearmer).
A
4068
SAA
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Douglas Cook's exquisite setting swells and dies in two-bar phrases, also rocking gently between major and minor tonalities. 1m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
Translation and pronunciation guide included.
A
4069
SAA
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A lyrical and quietly rapturous soprano line is supported by two alto parts moving mostly in parallel thirds. The widely ranging contour of the melody serves to convey a sense of wonder. [This is the same as catalogue number 4013.] 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: .
Glossary and pronunciation guide included
B
4070
SAA
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This is full of excitement. Unison sections transition suddenly into full harmony; the meter breaks out of 2/2 into snatches of a dancing 6/4; voices combine and recombine continually, chasing towards the final In excelsis gloria. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
Pronunciation guide included.
B
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