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John Bevan Baker Songs of Courtship

Hebrides Ensemble

John Bevan Baker Songs of Courtship

CKD 286 (Linn Records)
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1
Songs of Courtship: Out in the bushlands

Songs of Courtship: Out in the bushlands

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:53 Play $1.70
2
Songs of Courtship: In the lowlands

Songs of Courtship: In the lowlands

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:22 Play $1.70
3
Songs of Courtship: Plop fall the plums

Songs of Courtship: Plop fall the plums

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
0:51 Play $1.70
4
Songs of Courtship: A very handsome gentleman

Songs of Courtship: A very handsome gentleman

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:26 Play $1.70
5
Songs of Courtship: Of fair girls the loveliest

Songs of Courtship: Of fair girls the loveliest

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:12 Play $1.70
6
Songs of Courtship: The cock has crowed

Songs of Courtship: The cock has crowed

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:10 Play $1.70
7
Songs of Courtship: Shu is away

Songs of Courtship: Shu is away

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:09 Play $1.70
8
Songs of Courtship: A moon rising

Songs of Courtship: A moon rising

Composer John Bevan Baker
Guest Artist Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:46 Play $1.70
9
Songs of Courtship: Outside the Eastern Gate

Songs of Courtship: Outside the Eastern Gate

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:15 Play $1.70
10
Songs of Courtship: If along the highroad

Songs of Courtship: If along the highroad

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
0:50 Play $1.70
11
Songs of Courtship: By the willows of the Eastern Gate

Songs of Courtship: By the willows of the Eastern Gate

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:09 Play $1.70
12
Songs of Courtship: I brought my great carriage

Songs of Courtship: I brought my great carriage

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:26 Play $1.70
13
Songs of Courtship: Wedding Song: My lord is all aglow

Songs of Courtship: Wedding Song: My lord is all aglow

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano
1:04 Play $1.70
14
Duo

Duo

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Douglas Boyd - oboe, William Conway - cello
8:33 Play $3.40
15
Suite for Piano: March

Suite for Piano: March

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Graeme McNaught - piano
1:24 Play $1.70
16
Suite for Piano: Jig

Suite for Piano: Jig

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Graeme McNaught - piano
1:32 Play $1.70
17
Suite for Piano: Intermezzo

Suite for Piano: Intermezzo

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Graeme McNaught - piano
1:50 Play $1.70
18
Suite for Piano: Berceuse

Suite for Piano: Berceuse

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Graeme McNaught - piano
2:24 Play $1.70
19
Suite for Piano: Finale

Suite for Piano: Finale

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Graeme McNaught - piano
1:17 Play $1.70
20
Spring

Spring

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist Sarah Bevan Baker - violin
3:11 Play $1.70
21
Triptych

Triptych

Composer John Bevan Baker
Soloist William Conway - cello, Graeme McNaught - piano
8:18 Play $3.40
22
A Song for Kate

A Song for Kate

Composer John Bevan Baker
2:59 Play $1.70
23
Eclogue

Eclogue

Composer John Bevan Baker
8:16 Play $3.40
24
Rorate Coeli Desuper

Rorate Coeli Desuper

Composer John Bevan Baker
Band Consort of Voices
9:51 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 66 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This disc affords the listener a unique opportunity to explore fascinating and uncharted waters of twentieth-century British music. The majority of works date from the 1980s and early 90s, and were written during the time the composer spent in Fortrose, on the Black Isle in northern Scotland.
Download includes - cover art, booklet

 'Certainly worth knowing.' Classic FM Magazine

Songs of Courtship were set to music by Bevan Baker in 1992 for the Black Isle Singers. The poems, written by Mao Shih in the 7th century BC, were translated from the Ancient Chinese in 1946 by Arthur Waley. John loved them and maintained that they had ‘a simple directness which could have been written Yesterday'.

The courtship songs, richly imaginative, vary greatly in metre and in their treatment of the enigmatic oriental lyrics, some being lightfooted, some more robust, always rhythmically challenging. The ‘Wedding Song' is a triumphant, rejoicing finale.

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