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Frances Cockburn
Frances leads the successful Edinburgh-based a cappella trio Simmerdim.  She was a founder/member of a cappella group the Wild Myrtles for seven years; and before that, from 2000 to 2006, she was the Musical Director of Rudsambee company of singers.  She writes and arranges a steady stream of choral music, much of it deeply rooted in the Scots tradition.
Title,
voicing,
timing,
complexity
Description Links Number,
Price Band
SAB
3m 00s
**
This stirring song by Robert Burns, written in 1795, extols the worth of the poor yet honest man above that of lords and princes. The three-part arrangement is easy to learn and gives the tune to different voices from verse to verse.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1043
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
A warmly harmonised setting of traditional Manx words, featuring separate female and male voice verses and full SATB refrains.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2020
B
SATB
3m 00s
**
A richly harmonised setting of Robert Burns' famous song about the pain of parting with 'no regrets'. SATB with quartet verse and optional soli.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1001
C
SSAA
3m 00s
**
A richly harmonised setting of Robert Burns' famous song about the pain of parting with 'no regrets'.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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1050
C
SATB
2m 40s
*
“Think them poorest who can be a slave, them richest who dare to be free.” This is a stirring song about the value of friendship and honour, based on traditional words from Scotland's Border country, which used to be home to bitter feuds between rival families as well as tensions between the Scots and the English.
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
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1013
B
SSAA
2m 40s
*
“Think them poorest who can be a slave, them richest who dare to be free.” This is a stirring song about the value of friendship and honour, based on traditional words from Scotland's Border country, which used to be home to bitter feuds between rival families as well as tensions between the Scots and the English.
Music: Dick Gaughan, arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Dick Gaughan (based on tradition).
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1051
B
SSAA
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2047
B
TTBB
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2048
B
SSAB
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2059
B
SATB
1m 10s
**
'I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow...' A positive and uplifting celebration of the human spirit that will never die.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905–2004).
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3020
A
SATB
2m 00s
*
'She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree...'. This simple and beautiful arrangement of a classic song of love and regret is one of our best sellers.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
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2014
B
SSAA
2m 45s
**
The catchy gospel song made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. American.
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2052
C
SSAA
3m 00s
**
This is the Wild Myrtles arrangement of a lovely and heartfelt song collected by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser in 1905.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
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1518
B
SATB
2m 20s
**
A quiet, simple and beautiful original setting of Yeats' wonderful love poem. Music by Frances Cockburn.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
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3002
B
SAA
2m 10s
**
Harmonious and homophonic setting of the famous 19th century American hymn to singing.
Music: Robert Lowry arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Pauline T..
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5041
B
SSA
2m 50s
**
Sentimental and nostalgic song, written in 1868, but will still connect with people today.
Music: Charlotte Alington Barnard (1830–69) arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Charlotte Alington Barnard.
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3052
C
SSAA
2m 00s
**
Close harmonies and a lilting meter distinguish this strophic setting of the lovely medieval English hymn to Mary.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: mediaeval English anon.
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4059
B
SSAA
1m 45s
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship, marriage and children ...
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
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2036
B
SSAB
1m 45s
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship. Bass range suitable for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
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2049
B
SSA
2m 30s
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
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1041
B
TBB
2m 30s
**
The timeless tale of boy seeking girl, given a witty and folky musical setting.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. and Robert Burns.
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1042
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
Setting of a poem by Anne Bradstreet, one of America's first female poets. Great text for a wedding.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Anne Bradstreet.
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3035
B
SAA
1m 30s
*
Beautiful old German carol about Mary in the thorn-wood, simply arranged.
Music: trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: trad. German.
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4085
B
SATB
2m 40s
**
This is included in the set Three Marion Angus songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I wad hae gi'en him my lips to kiss, had I been his...' A song of regret for lost chances, written in a lilting folk style. A strong alto melody can be featured as the upper line, or accompanied by a soprano descant.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
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1009
B
SATB
2m 0s
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for soloist and backing vocals.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1032
A
SSAA
2m 0s
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in a format suitable for two soloists and backing vocals.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1033
A
SAB
2m 00s
*
A charming lullaby, nuanced by the Shetland dialect, in SAB format suitable for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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1049
A
SATB
0m 45s
**
Poetry sung aloud is the style of this wistful setting, evoking the play of light and shadow both in love and in the world outside.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978).
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1017
B
SATB
1m 30s
**
(Words in Finnish). A charming traditional Finnish song.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Finnish.
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2031
B
SSA
1m 30s
**
Two Northumbrian songs about unattainable bonny lads
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2058
B
SAA
2m 30s
*
A homophonic arrangement for female voices of the well known Christmastide lament.
Music: 16th C. anon. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: 16th C. anon.
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4090
C
SSA
2m 45s
**
A finely crafted song of requited love, written in the folk tradition.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Frances Cockburn.
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2062
C
SATB
1m 15s
*
This is included in the set Three Marion Angus songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A strophic setting of a folk-style Scots poem celebrating a quiet and beautiful place in rural Perthshire.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
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1021
B
SATB
5m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three poems in Scots vernacular – images of landscape and home life as a setting for love and loss.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
1037
D
SATB
1m 15s
*
This is included in the set Three Marion Angus songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Love can be blown away like a flower in the wind, but it still leaves a trace in the heart. Scots poem set in a lilting folk idiom.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946).
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1029
B
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