Stanford : The Blue Bird (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Product Code : Stanford_02
This quiet, a cappella part song for SSATB, is the third in a set of eight (published in 1910) by Stanford with words by the nineteenth century poetess Mary Coleridge, (whose father was the founder of the London Bach Choir in 1875) is a wonderful expression of the tranquillity and beauty of the scene, as described in the words. â€œThe lake lay blue below the hill, oâ€™er it as I looked, there flew, Across the waters, cold and still, A bird whose wings were palest blue. The sky above was blue at last, the sky beneath me blue in blue A moment, ere the bird had passed, it caught its image as it flew.â€ This is an extremely beautiful work. The 1st soprano part is sometimes performed by a solo soprano. This work transcribes ideally for performance by a brass quintet. In our arrangement, we have added an optional ending if the ensemble would prefer not to use the composers haunting although somewhat abrupt ending. We would class this technically as fairly easy.
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.