Song arrangements by June Clark
 
Available now!
 
 
 
 
a) Low Voice (counter-tenor, alto or baritone,
with piano accompaniment)
b) High voice (soprano or tenor with piano accompaniment)

 
 
     
 
 
 
Shenandoah (2004) CM2401 a
£2.25
 
  a)Key D flat major/D major, vocal range A flat below Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  Shenandoah (2004) CM2401 b
£2.25
 
 

b)Key E major/F major, vocal range B below Middle C to F an octave above

This arrangement of the romantic American folksong begins with a simple style accompaniment. There is a key transition in verse two and the accompaniment becomes more florid, like the flowing waters of the Mississippi. This repeats again for the final verse taking on the great surging of the river and the romanticism of the words, with the melody soaring above. The piano ends the song by unwinding the tension and slowly fading into remembrance of this wonderful evocation of love.

First performed in USA by Nick Pepin and June Clark, Knoxville, Tennessee 2004

 
 
     
 
 
 
The Ashgrove (2002) CM2402 a
£1.95
 
  a)Key F major, vocal range B flat below Middle C to D an octave above.  
 
 
  The Ashgrove (2002) CM2402 b
£1.95
 
 

b)Key A major, vocal range D above Middle C to F sharp an octave above.

This is a simple arrangement of the two verses of this sad little folksong from Wales, with counter melodies in the piano accompaniment. The second verse accompaniment is to be played an octave higher.

First performed by Nick Pepin and June Clark, Jedburgh, Scotland 2002 and on CD ‘Gentle Springs’ CM22101 (2004).

 
 
     
 
 
  O can ye sew cushions (2002). CM2403 a
£1.95
 
  a)Key D major, vocal range A below Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  O can ye sew cushions (2002). CM2403 b
£1.95
 
 

b)Key F major, vocal range Middle C to F an octave above

There are two verses of this poignant little lullaby. The accompaniment reflects the soft rocking of the cradle based upon a soft pedal note, whilst the harmonies of the chorus are more heart searchingly dissonant. The second verse is the same but an octave higher for the piano.

First performed by Nick Pepin and June Clark, Jedburgh, Scotland 2002 and on CD ‘Gentle Springs’ CM22101 (2004)

 
 
     
 
 
  My love is like a red, red rose (2004) CM2404 a
£2.25
 
  a)Key A major, vocal range A below Middle C to E an octave above  
 
 
  My love is like a red, red rose (2004) CM2404 b
£2.25
 
 

b)Key C major, vocal range Middle C to G two octaves above

This arrangement of the Scottish folksong has a flowing romantic approach., the second and final verse exploiting the emotional effect of the soaring vocal line and the florid piano sounds.

First performed by Amy Porter (soprano) and June Pepin, Knoxville, Tennessee 2004

O can ye sew cushions
My love is like a red, red rose
The Ash Grove
Shenandoah

But if they want something interesting - and likely to delight an audience - they might try one of June Clark’s folksong arrangements, individually available in hig or low voice transpositions. ‘O can ye sew cushions?’, ‘My love is like a red, red, rose’, ‘The Ash -grove’, and ‘Shenandoah’ must be known to almost everyone. Clark’s uncomplicated, conventional piano parts will suit pianists of any levelwhile the vocal lines lie in comfortable medium range.

Music Teacher magazine (November 2006)

 
 
     
  CHRISTMAS SONGS  
 
 
  Ding Dong Merrily on high (2005) CM2414 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key G major, vocal range D above Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  Ding Dong Merrily on high (2005) CM2414 b
£1.95
 
 

b) Key B flat major, vocal range F above Middle C to F an octave above

The sixteenth century French tune with words by G.R. Woodward is given a new lease of life. It begins with some bell ringing (on the piano), assisted by the voice. The bells then become the basis for the accompaniment, taking the form of chimes and peals, yet also using syncopation to good effect.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  How far is it to Bethlehem? (2005) CM2406 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key G major, vocal range Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  How far is it to Bethlehem? (2005) CM2406 b
£1.95
 
 

b) Key A major, vocal range D above Middle C to E an octave above

The simple melody of this English traditional carol with words by Frances Chesterton begins with unaccompanied voice. It seems that we are asking the question, maybe from our far off country. The piano adds a rocking accompaniment, first anchored to a pedal bass note, which then expands to richer harmonies as we approach the stable. The pedal note reappears at the end as we reach our destination.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Let us light a candle (1965) (solo version 2005) CM2504 a
£1.50
 
  a) Key G minor, vocal range Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  Let us light a candle (1965) (solo version 2005) CM2504 b
£1.50
 
  b) key A minor, vocal range D above Middle C to E an octave higher

Words and music by June Clark
During a Nine Lessons and Carols Service in St.Albans Cathedral in 1965 this carol was inspired by a fanciful vision of the red-cassocked choirboys with their lighted candles processing beyond the door of the cathedral and continuing on and on until they reached the stable in Bethlehem. ‘Let us light a candle to the Christ Child, that its light may guide us to Bethlehem’. The carol was completed during the small hours of the following morning.

Dedicated to the cathedral choir it was first performed at the following year’s carol service (1966). First performed in solo version 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Away in a Manger (2005) CM2407 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key F major, vocal range Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  Away in a Manger (2005) CM2407 b
£1.95
 
  b) Key A major, vocal range E above Middle C to F sharp an octave above

This well-known traditional Normandy tune has been given a new dressing with the addition of a flowing countermelody in the accompaniment for the first and third verses, whilst the middle verse is given new harmonies.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Of these four letters (2002) CM2408 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key G major, vocal range B below Middle C and E an octave above  
 
 
  Of these four letters (2002) CM2408 b
£1.95
 
  b) Key A major, vocal range Middle C sharp and F sharp an octave above

The traditional English melody of this little known carol, with words by G.R.Woodward is known also as Johnny Faa, or Gypsy Laddie. The song begins by quoting each letter M.A.R.Y. and then tells the story of Mary, the Annunciation and the birth of her Son. Each English phrase is interspersed with Latin text.

First performed Alston 2002 by Nick Pepin and June Clark and 2005 on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  I saw three ships (2005) CM2409 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key G major/A flat major, vocal range D above Middle C to E flat an octave above  
 
 
  I saw three ships (2005) CM2409 b
£1.95
 
  b) Key A major/B flat major, vocal range E above Middle C to F an octave above

Words and tune are English traditional and six verses of the original nine have been included. The three ships of the desert, the undulating camels, are suggested by the rhythm of the piano accompaniment, with the addition of a sharpened 4th for discomfort. Towards the end the Christmas bells appear in the piano accompaniment, and the voice expands to give a bravura ending.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? (2005) CM2410 a
£1.95
 
 

a) Key D flat major, vocal range D flat above Middle C to D flat an octave above

 
 
 
  Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? (2005) CM2410 b
£1.95
 
 
b) Key E major, vocal range E above Middle C to E an octave above

The translation of the words from the traditional French has been most sensitively achieved by A.B.Ramsay, and the evocative French tune lends itself to a rich transcription with lush harmonies, in this somewhat romantic conception. Only three of the original four verses have been set (the fourth in praise seeming superfluous) in order to preserve the quiet sense of awe until the end of the piece.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Simple Gifts (1999) CM2411 a
£1.50
 
  a) Key F major, vocal range middle C to C an octave above  
 
 
  Simple Gifts (1999) CM2411 b
£1.50
 
 
b) Key A major, vocal range E above middle C to E an octave above

The Shaker Community began in Manchester in 1747, eventually reaching America in 1774. Both the tune and words were composed by Joseph Brackett (1797-1882), an Elder of the Community in Maine. The song shows an element of the dance, as do many Shaker tunes, and begins with solo voice, with the accompaniment evolving into a simple counter melody at the third verse. Its inclusion in the season of Christmas identifies with the gift of God in the birth of his Son.

First performed Winchester 1999, Knoxville USA 2001, Carlisle Cathedral, Denver Cathedral 2002, by Nick Pepin and June Clark, and 2005 on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  I wonder as I wander out under the sky (1999) CM2412 a
£1.50
 
  a) Key G minor, vocal range Middle C to D an octave above  
 
 
  I wonder as I wander out under the sky (1999) CM2412 b
£1.50
 
 
b) Key B minor, vocal range E above Middle C to F sharp an octave above

This traditional Appalachian carol begins as if the singer were ‘out under the sky’ and all alone on the quiet Mountains. The accompaniment steals in softly at verse 2, blossoming into verse 3, with a big climax at ‘’cause he was the King’. The carol ends as it began, the singer alone with his thoughts drifting away to the far horizon.

First performed Winchester 1999, Knoxville USA 2002 and 2004 by Nick Pepin and June Clark, and 2005 on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Silent Night (2005) CM2413 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key B flat major, vocal range B flat below Middle C to E flat an octave above  
 
 
  Silent Night (2005) CM2413 b
£1.95
 
  b) Key D flat major, vocal range D flat above Middle C to G flat an octave above

Franz Gruber, whilst deputy organist in 1818 at St.Nicola’s Church in Oberndorf, composed, to words by Joseph Mohr, the carol ‘Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht’ for Christmas Eve. It has since been translated into over three hundred languages and its message of heavenly peace continues to encircle the globe. This new arrangement highlights this message with its quiet stillness at the opening and the ending, whilst blossoming into joy in the centre.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  Deck the Hall (2005) CM2405 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key D major, vocal range C sharp above Middle C to E an octave above
 
 
 
  Deck the Hall (2005) CM2405 b
£1.95
 
 
b) Key F major, vocal range E above Middle C to G an octave above

This Welsh traditional carol is a jolly romp celebrating the secular side of Christmas. The melody is treated to some extrovert ‘Fa-la-la-ing’ whilst the accompaniment trips along in jaunty manner. The final verse blows a little colder at ‘heedless of the wind and weather’, but soon livens up again, culminating in a triumphant ‘Warlock’ style ending.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
     
 
 
  We wish you a Merry Christmas (2005) CM2415 a
£1.95
 
  a) Key G major/A flat major, vocal range D above Middle C to E flat an octave above  
 
 
  We wish you a Merry Christmas (2005) CM2415 b
£1.95
 
 
b) Key A major/B flat major, vocal range E above Middle C to F an octave above

Not quite a Viennese waltz, this new arrangement of the traditional West Country carol dances along at great pace. Spiced up with some chromatic harmonies, the voice resorts to a counter melody in verse 4, driving on to final unrestrained jollity, almost daring us not to have a Merry Christmas.

First performed 2005 by Nick Pepin and June Clark on CD ‘Let us light a candle’

 
 
 
 
 
 

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