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Six Songs from Christina Rossetti's "Sing-Song"

for voice and piano

Year:  1990

Year:  1990

Ben Hoadley

Composer:   Ben Hoadley

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Sample Score

Sample: first page of Songs 1, 2, 5 and 6

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These songs were written by Ben Hoadley in 1990 after discovering the stunning first edition of Christina Rossetti's Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book, illustrated by Arthur Hughes in the Dorothy Neal White collection of children's books at the National Library of New Zealand.

They were first performed in Auckland in 1995 by Victoria Poole and Fiona McCabe and later in a revised version by Henrietta Reid and Ben Hoadley in Auckland, and Wendy Dixon and David Miller in Sydney.

Contents note

  1. Twist me a crown of windflowers
  2. Heartsease
  3. Hear what the mournful linnets say
  4. Baby lies so fast asleep
  5. O wind where have you been?
  6. A Linnet in a guilded cage

Text note

Text by Christina Rossetti, from Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book