Owls, Winter and Cold in Music and Words from the 16th to 20th Centuries, a Set of Illustrated Songs Curated for Sing Books with Emily
Posted November 21, 2013on:
This is a set of gorgeous songs, full of rich images, history, words and music. Delicious food for mind and ear.
I purposely put the songs in this order to give the set a nice flow. But enjoying any one of the songs alone or in any combination or order will certainly enrich your day.
The tune was written in the late 16th century.
The poem written in early 20th century.
A cold night in a lonely wood, a contemplative character, makes a beautiful song.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Poem by Robert Frost
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
(Can be sung to the tune of “Greensleeves)
Poem written in early 17th century.
Music written in late 20th century.
This song hoots and haunts.
Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing
Words written in the mid 17th century (translated to English in the early 20th century).
Music written sometime in the 16th century.
This song is a fascinating synthesis of cultures, words and music. The origins and history of this song beg to be studied while appreciating its haunting beauty and the nobility of the people it sings.
The Huron Carol
Words by Jean de Brébeuf (1643)
English Lyrics by Jesse Edgar Middleton (1926)
Set to an Adaptation of the 16th Century French Noel: “Une Jeune Pucelle” (“A Young Maid”)
Illustrated by Frances Tyrrell
Poem written in the mid 16th century.
Music written in the mid 18th century.
A song by Shakespeare with Elizabethan sounding music, evokes both the cold of winter and a feeling of Old England.
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
(This poem may also be known as ”Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)
Tune written for a 16th century Springtime Carol.
Words written in the mid 19th century.
GOOD KING WENCESLAS tells the tale of a cold night and a kind hearted trek to help a family in need.
Good King Wenceslas
Traditional Tune (Tempus adest floridum)
Words by John M. Neale
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
(This book has sheet music in the back and a page of historical information about the song)
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