Danny Boy, Thomas

TTBB, a capella

< A sumptuous setting of the beloved Irish folk song, suitable for collegiate, high school, or adult men's choirs.

Program Note

Program Note

Frederic Weatherly, an English barrister and lyricist, penned the familiar words to Danny Boy, and set them to the old Irish tune Londonderry Air. It has become one of the most popular unofficial folk anthems in the world. This arrangement was composed for the 40th Anniversary of Seattle Pro Musica.

Text

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling from glen to glen and down the mountainside.  The summer’s gone and all the flow’rs are dying, ’tis you,’tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow, or when the valley’s hush’d and white with snow. ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow, oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so.

And if you come when all the flow’rs are dying, and I am dead, as dead I well may be, you’ll come and find the place where I am lying, and kneel and say an ‘Ave’ there for me.

And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me, and all my dreams will warm and sweeter be, if you won’t fail to tell me that you love me, I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

O come ye back when summer’s in the meadow, or when the valley’s hush’d and white with snow. ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow, oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so.
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About Karen P. Thomas

Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. Her compositions are performed and broadcast throughout the world, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Vocal Consort of Brussels. Her works are published by Lucis Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and have been featured at numerous ACDA and AGO conferences. A prize-winning composer, she has received grants from the NEA, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others. As a conductor, Ms. Thomas has produced nine critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award. She has appeared as guest conductor at international festivals in Europe and North America, and the NPR radio show Saint Paul Sunday. She received the 2012 Outstanding Choral Director Award for Washington State, and currently serves on the boards of the Pacific NW Chapter for the Recording Academy (Grammy), the American Choral Directors Association (NW Division), and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.