The muckle man
Treble unison chorus & piano
performance time approx 0m 40s
Range: c' – e''♭
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This piece is the first in the set Three Soutar songs
The next piece is The princess Anastasia
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy The muckle man
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This is a short and playful piece about a muckle (big) man who creates havoc in a graveyard. A mischievous chromatic melody jumps about – like the muckle man – over a thumping piano accompaniment.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
There was a muckle man [muckle ~ big
Wi' a muckle black beard [wi' ~ with
Wha rade a muckle horse [wha ~ who
Through a muckle kirk-yaird: [kirk-yaird ~ churchyard / graveyard
Hallachin and yallachin [hallachin ~ acting noisily; yallachin ~ shouting
He rattl'd on the stanes: [stanes ~ stones
Hallachin and yallachin
He birl'd abune the banes: [birl'd ~ whirled; abune ~ about; banes ~ bones
Up and doun and up and doun [doun ~ down
Wi' muckle steer and stour, [steer ~ stir, disturbance; stour ~ dust
Wallopin a muckle whup [wallopin ~ thrashing; whup ~ whip
Owre and owre and owre. [owre ~ over
Reproduced with permission from the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, who hold William Soutar's copyright.
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