Coventry Carol arranged by Ann Cameron Pearce
Scored for 6 C Flutes with divisi parts on Flute 3. Can also be played by 3 C Flutes (divisi on part 3), Alto Flute, Bass Flute and Contrabass Flute or Cello
Includes score and parts
Named after the city of Coventry, England, this Renaissance carol was part of the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors and is one of the oldest English-language Christmas carols that has endured over the centuries. It is a beautiful but rather mournful lullaby, for supposedly it is the song the women of Bethleham sang as King Herod's men came to slaughter their newborn sons. Thus its secondary name is “Lullay,” translated as “I saw.” Originally an oral tradition, the melody first appeared in print in 1591.
This arrangement features an optional contrabass flute or cello part that certainly provides a nice musical foundation to the piece. The minimum instrumentation for performance is 5 C Flutes. Of course, adding alto and bass flutes plus the lower divisi flute 3 part augment the full choir sound.
The arpeggiated accompaniment throughout by parts 3, 4, and 5 should have seemlessly even eighth notes while supporting the dynamic flow of the melody. Legato playing by all and expressive thematic lines will make this a memorable addition to both religious and secular settings.