Composer:   Benjamin Britten
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   OCTB1874
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Rick Kvam
Choral Arts Ensemble 2002
R&R Chair Community Choirs

The fourth of five Flower Songs written in 1950 for the 25th wedding anniversary of friends, this delicate setting captures the ethereal text of John Clare. There are some rhythmic subtleties and a few close harmonies, but the challenge is to create a diaphanous texture, mostly at pp. It could be programmed with the entire set of five songs, or perhaps paired with the funny and energetic fifth, Ballad of Green Broom. Duration – 2:00.