ELGAR – Song No.3 – Fly, Singing Bird – version for 3 Vocal soloists or full female choir, two obligato violoncello soloists, and piano


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ELGAR – Song No.3 – Fly, Singing Bird – version for 3 Vocal soloists or full female choir, two obligato violoncello soloists, and piano


PDF 1 – Cello Soloist 1

PDF 2 – Cello Soloist 2
PDF 3 – original vocal/piano score


“Fly, Singing Bird” (Op.26/2) is a part-song of Edward Elgar with accompaniments for two violins and pianoforte. The words are written by Caroline Alice Elgar, and it is a companion piece to “The Snow”. The songs are set for three female voices (or choir); the writing for two violin obligatory soloists – here prepared by David Johnstone for two cellos – is by Elgar himself, and was first published in 1895 by Novello. The duration is around three minutes and a half.

An ideal work for two cello performers of professional ability, especially collaborating with female choirs, with the possibility to convey an expressiveness not so far displaced from the composer’s famous E minor Cello Concerto!

English text:

Fly, singing bird, fly,
From the wood where lies shelter’d thy nest,
From the tree whence thou pourest thy song,
Fly away, far away to the west,
Tell my love that I wait,
Ah! too long and lonely, I wait and sigh.

Fly, singing bird, fly,
O’er the blossoming meadows, where grow
Yellow cowslips and daffodils pale.
Say I wait where anemones blow,
Weary wait, till with waiting,
I fail, and failing, I sigh.

Fly, singing bird, fly,
Leave thy nest ‘midst the wood, lone, unsought,
Leave the cradling boughs, spread thy wing,
And swift as my following thought,
Onward speed, and swift flying, still sing,
Come, or I die!



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