Three Vintage Part Songs

for SATB choir

Robert Peate

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Composer Robert Peate
Year of Composition 2014-15 rev. 2020
Duration 9' 20"
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Instrumentation Satb Choir
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-rp1tvps1

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Hearing local amateur choirs singing part songs are some of my earliest musical memories, and these Three Vintage Part Songs are something of a tribute to the old part song repertoire.

The first song Break, break, break (Alfred Tennyson) juxtaposes an elegiac sea-scape, with the buoyancy of coastal life. The Song Shop (Annette Wynne) is mostly a playful number about an old songsmith who, like a toy-maker, spends all day making beautiful things for children. Pack, Clouds, Away (Thomas Heywood) is a hymn-like song about the rejuvenation of a morning, when all the birds “give my fair love good morrow”.