performance time approx 2m 30s
Range S: b♭ – f'' / A: g – b'♭ / T: e♭ – f' / B: E♭ – a♭ / soli: g – b'♭
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of Dream Angus
The figure of Angus Og (whose name means ‘ever young’) is an ancient Celtic deity, associated in many stories with youth, beauty and love — though in others he is portrayed as a frightening figure or trickster, with power over death and the underworld. In this traditional lullaby he appears in his more benign guise as a bringer of sweet dreams.
Sheena Phillips' beautiful arrangement creates a backdrop of slowly moving harmonies, by turns rich and grounded, then chromatic and ethereal. You will need some bass singers who can reach low E♭.
The recording is by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, dir. Robert Trocchia.
Pronunciation guide included.
Can ye no hush your weepin' oh,
A' the wee lambs are sleepin' oh,
Birdies are nestlin', nestlin' thegither,
Dream Angus is hirpling owre the heather.
[loping / striding over]
Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell,
Angus is here wi' dreams to sell.
Hush ye my baby and sleep without fear,
Dream Angus has brought you a dream, my dear.
List to the curlew cryin' oh,
Fainter the echoes dyin' oh,
Even the birds and beasties are sleepin',
But my bonny bairn is weepin', weepin'.
[beautiful child]traditional Scottish
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