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Such a Parcel of Rogues

for SSAA choir and flute

Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  3m 25s

Year:  1995
Duration:  3m 25s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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This Robert Burns song was arranged for the 1995 overseas tour of my choir Opus from Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland. Following, involvement with the international youth choral SYMPAATTI in Finland, the choir visited Scotland and England. This arrangement was given its world premiere at our concert in Liberton Kirk, Edinburgh in early September 1995.

One printed version of the song explains the background to the song thus: 'The song embodies pretty fairly the anti-union feeling of Scotland during the 18th century. The charge of corruption which is made against the majority of the Scottish Parliament for 'selling out for English gold' is repeated again and again in the Jacobite songs.'

The wide ranging melody is divided between soprano I and 2 during the first two verses, while in the third verse it is initially treated as a two-part then three-part canon.

Difficulty note

Suitable for school or community choirs

Text note

Text by Robert Burns

Performance history

04 Sep 1995: Performed by Opus, conducted by David Hamilton, at Liberton Kirk, in Edinburgh, Scotland.