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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.
Title,
voicing,
timing,
complexity
Description Links Number,
Price Band
SATB
1m 00s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). 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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (trans. Dearmer).
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4011
A
SAA
1m 00s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). 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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (trans. Dearmer).
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4067
A
SATB
5m 30s
***
This is a set consisting of 4 pieces.
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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
4011-4
E
SAA
5m 30s
***
This is a set consisting of 4 pieces.
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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
4066
E
SATB with S and T soli
3m 40s
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'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.
Music: 16th C. anon. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon. (16th century).
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1019
C
SAA
1m 30s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). 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.]
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: mediaeval English anon.
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4013
B
SAA
1m 30s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). 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.]
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: .
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4069
B
SATB
1m 30s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). 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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4014
B
SAA
1m 30s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). 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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4070
B
SSA
1m 40s
**
Traditional English riddle song: “I will give my love an apple without any core … ”
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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2029
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
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.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Traditional English.
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2008
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
Garden metaphors abound in this sweet and wistful traditional song about love.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2009
B
SATB
1m 15s
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This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SATB). 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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4012
A
SAA
1m 15s
***
This is included in the set A sequence of carols (SAA). 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.
Music: Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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4068
A
SSA
1m 30s
***
A lively and humorous arrangement of the toe-tapping shanty.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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2030
C
SATB
1m 45s
**
A young girl is impatient to get married, but her mother thinks she'd be better off with a sheep or a cow!
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2011
B
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