for SATB and orchestraThis work sets 8 texts by Robert Burns, including the famous 'My luve is like a red, red rose' and 'Ca' the yowes, to the knowes'. The choice of texts reflects a number of Burns's preoccupations: religious conviction, romantic love (and its coarser cousin, philandering), and a delight in writing new words to traditional Scottish melodies. The result is a colourful celebration of Scotland's national poet.
John Gardner (1917-2011)
Prayer under the pressure of violent anguish
My luve is like a red, red, rose
Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary?
O whistle an'I'll come to you
Ca' the yowes to the knowes
Paraphrase of the First Psalm