’The Old Walking Song’, Tolkien, for voice and orchestra

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Year of composition
J.R.R. Tolkien
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
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This song is number 14 in a set entitled Fourteen Tolkien Songs for Childrens Voices. A bound and illustrated vocal score (voice parts with piano accompaniment) of the complete set is available from the online music retailers, tutti, at: Tolkien Songs or from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Fourteen-Tolkien-Songs-Childrens-Voices/dp/1492187534

Versions of this song for voice and piano are also available to download from Scoreexchange. The three-voice version can be seen here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/90026.html

An orchestral realisation of a two-voice version can be heard on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GCQDLnSmQU

’For those who only know Tolkien via the recent blood-and-thunder films, this song-cycle by Charles McCreery will give a very different angle on the classic saga. Here we find a gentle and ethereal world, where rhythms lilt and words echo. The twelve songs, suitable for choir, evoke a dreamy, water-colour landscape with no harsh sounds, the tunes are singable and in a traditional style that Tolkien would surely have approved.’ Dr Julia Gasper, LGSM

’Charles McCreerys beautifully melodic, intricately textured compositions are infused with classical, romantic and folk idioms.’ Samantha Gillogly, violinist

Music: Copyright © Charles McCreery 2009. Words: Copyright © George Allen and Unwin Ltd. 1954, 1966. From The Return of the King, Vol.3 of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Reproduced by permission. Application for permission to record this work or perform it in public should be made to Harper Collins, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8JB, and to St. Maur Music at stmaurmusic@yahoo.co.uk

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