Wind and Unkind

a_right_easterly_wind_is_very_unkind_mousepad-r9359f1c04c17012f513c00ffb0cb9003_x74vi_8byvr_324 Hi All,

Following our lovely little discussion last evening about Shakespeare’s use of rhyme in Blow, blow, though winter wind, I’ve done a little bit of Googling.  The bottom line seems to be that in Shakespeare’s time the word wind was still pronounced with a long ‘i’ vowel (probably spelled wynde) a hangover from Middle English.

According to THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by Charles Barber, Joan Beal, Philip Shaw:
“The word wind ‘moving air’ probably has its short vowel by analogy with words like windmill, where the third consonant prevented the lengthening from taking place.  In Middle English, wind normally had a long vowel, and as late as Shakespeare’s time it rhymed with kind: thus when Shakespeare writes, ‘Blow, blow, though winter wind/Thou art not so unkind’ he is not using an eye rhyme, but a genuine rhyme that no longer exists today.”Picture 009

There are modern days qualms about this, insisting that there is no reason for us to continue an archaic usage and simply treat this as a sight rhyme.

According to The Exciting World of Creative Writing by Ruth McDaniel
“Shakespeare’s uses of ‘wind’ and ‘unkind’ is an example of a sight rhyme.”

Both I find intriguing but let’s put it to a vote just for the sake of democracy.

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Thomas Arne’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” — and how appropriate is that?


Greeting music lovers,

It’s time to shiver through a sweet and lively yet wintery new piece.  Aside from posting the graphics of the sheet music and the audio parts for you to listen to, I will also post PDFs of the sheet music (find links below parts) so you can download the lot and print it out if you so desire.  Ain’t I helpful?

I hope to see you all soon!


All 3 Parts Audio

Blow, Blow_3part_p1
Blow, Blow_3part_p2

Soprano Part Audio

Blow, Blow_Sop

Alto Part Audio

Blow, Blow_Alto

Baritone Part Audio

Blow, Blow_Bar

PDFs to download
Full Score
Soprano Part
Alto Part
Baritone Part

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Local events of interest!

hymnathonHi All,

I thought I would repost the local musical events that we announced at last session.
First the Hospice Hymnathon 2015.  It takes place Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 June 2015 at Lancing College Chapel.  It’s being produced by Friends of Sussex Hospices and is a very worthy cause.  Carol and I will not be involved but if any of you want to organize a group to go, that’s great.  There is more information in the link above.

I grew up singing hymns and love them dearly but unfortunately most of the notes lie in places that cause my voice some distress, so I respectfully beg off.

Lewes SingersThe Lewes Singers are performing the Vivaldi Gloria (by Candlelight!) on Sunday 21 December at 6pm at St. Michael’s Church on the High St in Lewes.  Nick Houghton is conducting and there is a small orchestra led by Julia Bishop.  This is a very fine amateur group and worth your time.  Further info in the link.

The East Sussex Community Choir and Orchestra (also Nicholas Houghton) will be performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio plus Christmas carols for choir and audience on Saturday 20th December at Lewes Town Hall at 7:30pm.  I know that several of you are involved in this which is great.  It’s a wonderful piece.

Carol says I should also tout the virtues of an upcoming concert that I am singing the solo tenor work in.  The East Sussex Bach Choir is performing C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat and the Haydn “Nelson Mass” at St John sub Castro on Saturday 6th December at 7:30pm.


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Good King Wenceslas in SAB, arranged by our friend Herr Schürmann

xmas wenceslasHere’s a lovely and varied arrangement of Good King Wenceslas for us to warble through.  There are key changes aplenty and everyone gets a shot at the melody which gets tossed recklessly––sorry, I meant artfully––back and forth.

Audio for all 3 parts:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0002
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0003
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0004

Audio for all Soprano:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - SOPRANO_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - SOPRANO_0002

Audio for all Alto:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - ALTO_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - ALTO_0002

Audio for all Baritone:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - BASS_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - BASS_0002

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Last LVW Coffee/Tea Mugs – Going once, going twice…..

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Here it is in all its comical splendour!  The Official LVW Coffee/Tea Mug–– just waiting for some happy LVW newbie to grab them up. Only 4 left!  And the first 4 people to leave a comment on this site or email me will have them, free for the asking to clear space in our office.


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Finale of Don Giovanni

Don JuanWelcome back, all to the Autumn 2014 LVW sessions.  Here are the parts for the very excellent finale of Mozart’s Don Giovanni that we began working on last evening.  I’ve included the piano part in each of the audio files to help you hear where you are, but I’ve lowered the volume of the piano and raised the volume of your parts so it should be clear what you are listening to.
Remember, those black bars with the numbers over them are places where you rest. The number tells you how many bars you rest for. Since we’re beating this piece in 2, there are 2 beats in each bar. So, to find your place count 1,2 2,2 3,2 4,2 and so on.

Have fun!

Audio for 3-Parts (with piano)

Giovanni finale SAB parts_0001 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0002 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0003 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0004 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0005 Audio for Soprano (with piano)
Giovanni finale parts - Soprano_0001 Giovanni finale parts - Soprano_0002 Audio for Alto (with piano)
Giovanni finale parts - Alto_0001 Giovanni finale parts - Alto_0002 Audio for Baritone (with piano)
Giovanni finale parts - Baritone_0001 Giovanni finale parts - Baritone_0002

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Come Live With Me – by William Sterndale Bennett

Bennett-William-Sterndale-05Here is a really sweet, lilting 3-part song for us to work on.  It was originally arranged for 4 parts (SATB) but Carol very cleverly and handily whittled it down to 3 (SAB).  She also included a note about Sir Willie on the top of the first page of music that is worth reading.

Have a look and listen through and we’ll begin work on it next session, which is 26 June.

(Hmmm….. stern by name, stern by nature by the looks of things.)

Come Live With Me – 3 Part Audio

Come Live With Me_3parts_p1
Come Live With Me_3part_p2
Come Live With Me_3part_p3
Come Live With Me_3part_p4

Come Live With Me – Soprano Audio

Come Live With Me_Sop

Come Live With Me – Alto Audio

Come Live With Me_Alto

Come Live With Me – Bass Audio

Come Live With Me_Bass

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Sakura, a Japanese treat in 3 parts

sakura blossomSakura is the flowering cherry tree, Japan’s most celebrated plant. The blossom is the national flower. This familiar (some might even say clichéd) melody is given a lovely 3 part treatment here that I think you’ll enjoy working on and singing.

Sakura 3 parts audio

Sakura - 3 Parts - P1

Sakura – 3 Parts – P1

Sakura  - 3Parts, P2

Sakura – 3Parts, P2

Sakura – Soprano audio

Sakura - Soprano part

Sakura – Soprano part

Sakura – Alto audio

Sakura - Alto part

Sakura – Alto part

Sakura – Baritone audio

Sakura - Baritone part

Sakura – Baritone part

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And one for Mike Howell…..Jock O’Hazeldean!

Sorry it’s taken so long, Mike but here it is at last, and I think quite a lovely arrangement, too!  Baritones get the melody at the opening and then pass it off to the sopranos.  And both Altos and Baritones will have fun with all the fab semi-quavers that bring it all to a close.  Enjoy!

*Note to Baritones: When you play your audio part be prepared to wait for the opening 3 bars rest before your part starts to play!


Jock O’Hazeldean – 3-Part audio


Jock O’Hazeldean – Soprano audio

Jock OHazeldean_Soprano

Jock OHazeldean_Soprano

Jock O’Hazeldean – Alto audio

Jock OHazeldean_Alto

Jock OHazeldean_Alto

Jock O’Hazeldean – Baritone audio

Jock OHazeldean_Bass

Jock OHazeldean_Bass

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The ghost of Molly Malone wheels her barrow yet again….


Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends! Ladies and Gentlemen, LVW has new music!


Audio for all 3 parts

Molly Malone_SAB_P1
Molly Malone_SAB_P2

Audio for Soprano

Molly Malone_Soprano

Molly Malone_Soprano

Audio for Alto

Molly Malone_Alto

Molly Malone_Alto

Audio for Baritone

Molly Malone_Baritone

Molly Malone_Baritone

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