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The Three Ravens

First line:
There were three ravens sat on a tree
composer
No 41 of British Folk-Music Settings
author of text
Lincolnshire folk song

 
The Three Ravens is based on an old English song and was in the first place composed to a modernized version of the original text by Sir Harold Boulton in July 1902. Grainger later revised the setting in 1949, reverting to the original text which had been unknown to him in 1902. The work is arranged for baritone solo, mixed chorus and instrumental accompaniment and the choral writing gives us an early example of Grainger’s interest in sliding intervals. The atmosphere captured in this music, depicting a slain knight mouldering in the field with the ravens discussing how they might take breakfast, is at once both sinister and moving. Grainger’s original scoring is for either five clarinets, flute and four clarinets, other woodwinds, or harmonium (reed-organ or pipe-organ).

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 1996

Recordings

Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works
CDH55433

Details

Track 22 on CDH55433 [4'02]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55433 track 22

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86322
Duration
4'02
Recording date
20 January 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDA66863)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: May 1996
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55433
  2. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDH55433)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: February 2011
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