Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance


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Composer: Thorn - Benjamin

Instrumentation: Descant - Treble - Tenor

Period/genre: Folk/Trad

Grade: Moderate

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*Seven Folksongs.* An attractive collection of tuneful, lesser known English folksongs.

1. Abbot~~~~~s Bromley Horn Dance
2. Ye Mar~~~~~ners All
3. Droylsden Wakes
4. John Barleycorn
5. The Power Waltz
6. A Sou~~~~~wester Blowing Billy
7. Lovely Joan

_Score 12 pp. Parts 4 pp. 913 Kb._

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  • OMP063 Benjamin Thorn, Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance and other English folksongs

    Folk songs have an almost universal appeal, as their melodies have stood the test of time and are rooted in their country's culture.

    Benjamin Thorn has drawn on the wealth of English folk songs to arrange a collection of seven of them for recorder trio, SAT, starting with the Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance and including John Barleycorn, Lovely Joan, Droylesden Wakes and some sea-shanties.

    The pieces are very well arranged with some interest in all parts as, although the tune is usually in the top part, the treble and tenor have some satisfying accompaniments to play.

    Ye Mariners All is a bit of a surprise being scored in 5/4 throughout, and may trip some players up while they try to sort out the phrasing.  It might have been helpful for less experienced players to have been given some indication of phrasing, not only in this tune, but in some of the others tunes as well.

    Sadly, younger payers do not seem to have sung folksongs at school and are not familiar with English folksong style, so a few more indications as to expression, or the first verse of the song to set the metre, might have been helpful.

    However, this collection is very satisfying for both the player and the listener, and a useful addition to the trio repertoire.

    Janice Ormerod, The Recorder Magazine, Winter 2001

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