Composer:   John Wilbye
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Galaxy
Edition:   30704
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Harry Mechell
Winona State University 1993
R&R Chair College & University

“Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees ” is a five part song by John Wilbye. Highly imitative with parallel thirds echoing parallel thirds in other voices, it contrasts with chordal passages for variety. Melismas and imitation on the word “flight” are very effective. There are a variety of textures throughout five-part, ATB, SAT, SSAT, etc.