John Bevan Baker Songs of Courtship

John Bevan Baker Songs of Courtship

John Bevan Baker Songs of Courtship
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Classical
Code
CKD 286
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  • Songs of Courtship: <i>Out in the bushlands</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: Out in the bushlands

    01:53
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>In the lowlands</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: In the lowlands

    01:22
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>Plop fall the plums</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: Plop fall the plums

    00:51
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>A very handsome gentleman</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: A very handsome gentleman

    01:26
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>Of fair girls the loveliest</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: Of fair girls the loveliest

    01:12
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>The cock has crowed</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: The cock has crowed

    01:10
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>Shu is away</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: Shu is away

    01:09
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>A moon rising</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: A moon rising

    01:46
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>Outside the Eastern Gate </i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: Outside the Eastern Gate

    01:15
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>If along the highroad</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: If along the highroad

    00:50
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>By the willows of the Eastern Gate</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: By the willows of the Eastern Gate

    01:09
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>I brought my great carriage</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

    Songs of Courtship: I brought my great carriage

    01:26
    $1.70
  • Songs of Courtship: <i>Wedding Song: My lord is all aglow </i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices, Graeme McNaught - piano, Stuart Hope - piano

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

    01:04
    $1.70
  • Duo
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Douglas Boyd - oboe, William Conway - cello

    Duo

    08:33
    $3.40
  • Suite for Piano: <i>March</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Graeme McNaught - piano

    Suite for Piano: March

    01:24
    $1.70
  • Suite for Piano: <i>Jig</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Graeme McNaught - piano

    Suite for Piano: Jig

    01:32
    $1.70
  • Suite for Piano: <i>Intermezzo</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Graeme McNaught - piano

    Suite for Piano: Intermezzo

    01:50
    $1.70
  • Suite for Piano: <i>Berceuse</i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Graeme McNaught - piano

    Suite for Piano: Berceuse

    02:24
    $1.70
  • Suite for Piano: <i>Finale </i>
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Graeme McNaught - piano

    Suite for Piano: Finale

    01:17
    $1.70
  • Spring
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Sarah Bevan Baker - violin

    Spring

    03:11
    $1.70
  • Triptych
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) William Conway - cello, Graeme McNaught - piano

    Triptych

    08:18
    $3.40
  • A Song for Kate
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker

    A Song for Kate

    02:59
    $1.70
  • Eclogue
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker

    Eclogue

    08:16
    $3.40
  • Rorate Coeli Desuper
    Composer(s) John Bevan Baker
    Artist(s) Consort of Voices

    Rorate Coeli Desuper

    09:51
    $3.40

Total running time: 66 minutes.

Album information

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.

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.