3 Pastoral Songs
for 2-voice treble choir (2006)
by Ron Hannah


   1.   A Mountain Song - Shih Wu
   2.   Fog - Carl Sandburg
   3.   Pretty Halcyon Days - Ogden Nash

Duration: about 6 minutes

    This little set was written at the request of Patricia Clattenburg, a Canadian organist, choir director and educator. She had a children's choir and put out a call for scores. I responded, and this is the result. She commented that the poetry is more sophisticated than what she usually had the children sing, but promised to perform it anyway.

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That poetry consists of a charming portrait of a Buddhist monk who lives alone and simply in the woods, written by one Shih-Wu (1272-1352); Carl Sandburg's by-now clichéd "Fog", whose imagery still intrigues; and a tongue-in-cheek picture of a lazy day by the sea, by Ogden Nash. The work is suitable for any treble choir, children or adults, and the full score may be obtained (free of charge) by clicking on the "Go" button at left. I ask you, if you download it, that you inform me of any performances so that I can keep this website up-to-date, and that you not give it to other conductors or interested parties but rather tell them to visit the website to get it. I have many other choral works that I'd like them to see!