Product Description by our Music Experts
The ABRSM Songbook Book 3 (with CD) is a collection of 32 songs from around the world, arranged for grade 3 voice - many of these pieces are on the ABRSM grade 3 syllabus.
Grade 3 songbook
The collection of pieces in the ABRSM Songbook Book 3 contains 20 ‘Art Songs’, and 12 ‘Traditional Songs’, arranged for grade 3 standard voice by Carol Barratt. The ‘Art Songs’ include ‘My House’ from Peter Pan, ‘Llwyn Onn (The Ashgrove)’, ‘Ah! how pleasant 'tis to love’, and ‘The Sunflower’. The 12 ‘Traditional Songs’ are compiled from all over the world, taking you to Norway with ‘Aa Ola, Ola, min eigen onge!’, Spain with ‘A la nanita nana’, Mexico with ‘Roman Castillo’, Anhui Province, China with ‘Fengyang huaga 1 and 2’ and back to England with ‘Sweet Nightingale’.
Pieces from the ABRSM grade 3 singing syllabus
The ABRSM songbook book 3 contains a range of pieces from the ABRSM grade 3 singing syllabus (‘Art Songs’), and other ‘Traditional Songs’, which can be used for the other part of your exam, where you have to sing a traditional song of your own choice. You are advised to check the ABRSM singing exam syllabus if you intend to sing any of these pieces for your grade 3 singing exam, for the full details on the requirements.
Interpretation of lyrics and music
Lyrics to all songs are printed in phonetic versions of the original language and English translations, where needed, so you can sing them in either language - on the included CD there is a pronunciation guide for all of the songs. Unlike the ‘Art Songs’, the ‘Traditional Songs’ do not have performance directions, giving you freedom to decide your own dynamics, tempo and ornamentation, and they are unaccompanied, so you can change the pitch to suit your voice. There are also useful guidance/background notes on the origin/intended meaning for all of the pieces in the ABRSM Songbook Book 3, to help you with your emotional interpretations of these songs.
Backing CD plus pronunciation guide
The CD contains ‘minus one’ piano accompaniments for the art songs for you to sing along to, and pronunciation guides for all songs.
Contents (by section, A-Z)
- Ah! how pleasant 'tis to love - H. Purcell
- Dalmatian Cradle Song - Anon.
- Die Bekehrte - I. Brull
- Ferry me across the water - G. Finzi
- God be in my head - W. Davies
- I'm learning to read - B. Roe
- In the gar den flowers are growing - Traditional
- Komm, liebe Zither, komm - W.A. Mozart
- Llwyn Onn - Traditional
- Minnelied - F. Schubert
- My House - L. Bernstein
- 'Orrible Little Blue-Eyes - B. Roe
- Sicilian River Song - Anon.
- Sweet and low - Sir J. Barnby
- The Banks of Allan Water - Traditional
- The Owls - P. Jenkyns
- The Path to the Moon - E. Thiman
- The Sunflower - Traditional
- Wiegenlied - W. Taubert
- Windy Nights - C.V. Stanford
- Aa Ola, Ola, min eigen onge! (Norway)
- A la nanita nana (Spain)
- All things are quite silent (Sussex, England)
- Coasts of Barbary (Devon, England)
- Cuckoo (Devon, England)
- Fengyang huagu 1 and 2 (Anhui Province, China)
- Green Besoms (Devon, England)
- Kalevalainen runosavelma (Finland)
- Roman Castillo (Mexico)
- Seventeen Come Sunday (Sussex, England)
- Stole mi se oeni (Serbia)
- Sweet Nightingale (Cornwall, England)