There is a Tavern in the Town for Recorder Quartet (desc, tr, ten, bass recs)

William H. Hills (1859-1930)
Douglas Brooks-Davies
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The tune needs no introduction - it has attained the status of folk song, so that William Hills is long forgotten as its composer. Its other subtitle is The Drunkard's Song, which invites a certain briskness and raucousness of approach. I have attempted this - begging the well-mannered recorders' pardon - in the first part. The second, slow, part looks at the words, and treats them with a tender melancholy. Though no arrangement I can achieve could match the utterly haunting ballad-like performance attained in that magical moment by Charlene McKenna in BBC 1's Ripper Street.

Score ID
William H. Hills (1859-1930)
Year of composition
Douglas Brooks-Davies
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Quartet of Soprano Recorders

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