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Gordon Thornett

THREE FLOWER SONGS SETTINGS OF POEMS BY ROBERT HERRICK for Women’s Choir (SSA) A Cappella 


2015


Gordon Thornett

THREE FLOWER SONGS for Women’s Choir (SSA) A Cappella 1. To Blossoms

2. To Daffodils

3. Gather ye Rosebuds

All three of these poems are by the seventeenth century English lyric poet, Robert Herrick (1591-1674). While flowers are referred to in each of them, their main common theme is time - in particular the briefness of our lives here on this earth, and the need to use this time well. ‘Gather ye rosebuds’ was in fact the first to be written, and this was in response to a request by the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club for a song with the theme of time. It was premiered in Ann Arbor, Michigan in November 2013, and a recording can be heard on the Swirly Music website (see below). ‘To Blossoms’ and ‘To Daffodils’ were written more recently, and are awaiting a good recording. Whilst ‘Gather ye Rosebuds’, which can be obtained separately from Swirly Music, may be performed on its own, it is suggested that the other two pieces would work best in a sequence, as here presented.

Gordon Thornett has written a number of choral settings for Christmas and other seasons of the year. His Festive Overture, ‘The Joy of Christmas’ is published by Faber Music, and some of his choral pieces are published by Oxford University Press, Norsk Musikforlag and Shawnee Press. There are also about twenty pieces, mainly choral, listed under his name on SwirlyMusic.org, which can be ordered in printed form or as digital downloads (and recordings of many of these can be heard on the website).

www.newcarols.com Copyright © 2015 G.J. Thornett Unauthorized photocopying or reproduction of any part of this material is prohibited.

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1. To Blossoms Robert Herrick

Gordon Thornett

Moderato q = 96 p SOPRANO 1

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2. To Daffodils Robert Herrick

Gordon Thornett

Allegretto q. = 80

SOPRANO 1

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6 14

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to

the e - ven - song;

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to

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j j œ œ œ œ œ œj œ œj œ œ œ

the e - ven - song;

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° j & œ œJ œ œ œ™ go with you

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daf

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° j‰ ‰ p & œ œ™ dils.

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have as short a

j œ œ

spring;

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p

& œj ‰ ‰ œ ™ dils.

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j œ œ œj œ ™

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7 29

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you,

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mp

œ œ œ œ œ J J

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a - way, like

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For Jaclyn Johnson and the University of Michigan Glee Club

3. Gather ye rosebuds Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Gordon Thornett

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˙™

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while ye may, Copyright © 2013 G J Thornett www.newcarols.com

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9 19

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f

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25

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race be

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run,

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Ϫ

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soon - er will his race

be run, his race be run, And near - er he's

to

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mf mp

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j j œ œ œj œ œ

while ye may, When youth and blood are

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j œ œ œ™

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j j œ œ œj œ œ

while ye may, When youth and blood are


10

rit. 37

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Tempo primo

Poco meno mosso q. = 72

Vivo q. = 100

42

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j j œ œ œ™ œ œ œ™ œ œ ˙™ while ye may, while ye may, while ye

may,

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f 2 j pp ‰ ‰ j j œ ™ ™ & œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ ˙™

while ye may, while ye may, while ye

j œ œ œj œ œj j œ œ J œ™ œ œ œ

may,

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f

pp

j j j œ œj œ œJ œ œ œ œ œ™ œ œ

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° œ œ œ j œ œ œ œ™ & œ J while ye may

j œ œ œ

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go mar - ry,

œ œ œ œ œ J J œ œ™

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j j œ œ œ œ œ œ & œ œ œ J while ye may

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j j œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ

mar ry:

j œ œ œ œ œ œ œ™ œ ¢& J

once your prime

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œ

j œ œ œj

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j j œ œ œ œ

j œ œ œj

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go mar - ry,

mar - ry: For

hav - ing lost,


11

54

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j œ œ œ œ œj œ œ™ œ

Ϫ

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for ev - er tar - ry,

p

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j œ œœœ œ

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p

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j j œ œ œ œ œ œj œ œ

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Gordon Thornett: Three Flower Songs for SSA choir  

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