Sparey: Craigieburn Wood

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Carolyn Sparey: Craigieburn Wood
  • This beautiful setting of Robert Burns' lovely yet plaintive poem 'Craigieburn Wood' has been set by Carolyn Sparey
  • Composed in 2009 for the Old Well Singers, Moffat, Scotland
    SATB choir and piano
Difficulty level: ** (out of *****)
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Composed for the Old Well Singers, Moffat, Scotland.

Coinciding with the Burns 'Homecoming' celebrations in 2009, Carolyn Sparey composed two contrasting poems for choir and piano – the first a touching love poem, Craigieburn Wood and the second Willie Wastle Dwalt on Tweed, which is rollicking, amusing and somewhat rude.

First performed as part of a concert in the Moffat Town Hall on 29th April 29th 2009, both songs have also been sung by Stirling University Choir on a number of occasions.

They are also provoking interest by other choirs both in Scotland and in the USA.

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The text

Sweet fa’s the eve on Craigieburn,
And blythe awakes the morrow;
But a’ the pride o’ Spring’s return
Can yield me nocht but sorrow.

I see the flowers and spreading trees,
I hear the wild birds singing;
But what a weary wight can please,
And care his bosom wringing!

Fain, fain would I my griefs impart,
Yet dare na for your anger;
But secret love will break my heart,
If I conceal it langer.

If thou refuse to pity me,
If thou shalt love another,
When yon green leaves fade frae the tree,
Around my grave they’ll wither.

Text: Robert Burns (2nd version, 1794)
Music: Carolyn Sparey


"This is a wonderful addition to the heritage of Scottish song in this the 250th anniversary of Burns’ birth. To have new melodies is extremely refreshing and something of which Burns would have undoubtedly approved."

William Williamson, Conductor of the Old Moffat Singers

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