Three Hungarian Peasant Songs (Három Magyar Parasztdal) Laurence Roman

Three Hungarian Peasant Songs (Három Magyar Parasztdal) cover
Duration
6 mins
Composed
2003
Published
2003
Categories

Choir, unaccompanied SATB Variants

Instrumentation
2 Soprano, 1 Alto, 1 Tenor, 1 Bass

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Programme note

I
I had a dozen geese,
They were a pretty flock,
Each of my dozen geese
Whiter than lady’s-smock.

Only their mother’s dark,
Speckled as willow-bark.
Only their mother’s dark,
Speckled as willow-bark.

Far from the Danube’s bank,
Where it flows fast and free,
Husband, I drove my geese;
Bring them back safe to me.

Husband, may you be drowned
And let my Geese be found;
Oh, let my geese be found,
Husband, may you be drowned.

No, poor man, no, don’t drown;
You’re not so bad, deep down.
No, poor man, no, don’t drown;
You’re not so bad, deep down.

II
Oh, sweet heaven, don’t forsake me;
So much grief will surely break me.
Though I smile, my tears keep flowing:
This is hurt beyond all knowing.

III
Woman, woman, out of my way!
I’ve been at the tavern all day.
Pots and pans and pitchers I’ll smash;
On your silly head they’ll go – crash!

Husband, husband, out of my way!
I’ve been at my spinning all day.
See how far you get if you try
With my spindle stuck in your eye!

Premiere
Etone vocal ensemble, September 2002