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Here's a great little piece for a winter programme – brisk and energetic, with a folk feel. Other tunes exist; this one is original. Alto, tenor and bass parts play the part of the wind, while the sopranos take the tune. To fill the piece out a little, repeat the final chorus pianissimo e morendo. The piece sings well in E minor if the D minor tessitura is low for your group.
The recording is by Rudsambee Company of Singers, directed by the arranger.
Pronunciation guide included.
Cauld blaws the wind frae east to wast,[wast — west] The drift is driving sairly;[drift — wind-driven snow] Sae loud and shrill's I hear the blast, I'm sure it's winter fairly.
Up in the morning's no' for me, Up in the morning early; When a' the hills are covered wi' snaw,[a' — all, wi' snaw — with snow] I'm sure it's winter fairly.
The birds sit chittering in the thorn, [chittering — shivering] A' day they fare but sparely; And lang's the night frae e'en to morn,[frae — from] I'm sure it's winter fairly.
Robert Burns (often published under the title Up in the morning)
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