Sing a song of sixpence (George Alexander Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77245:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 521 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sing a song of sixpence
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongMadrigalNursery-rhyme

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1881 Hutchings & Romer
Description: Three Madrigals set to Nursery Rhymes No. 1

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Sing a song, sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie;
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing:
Was not that a dainty dish
To set before the King?

The King was in the counting house,
Counting out his money,
The Queen was in the parlour
Eating bread and honey,
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
Up flew a blackbird,
And bit off her nose!