Darke, Harold: As the leaves fall. Vocal Score
Short cantata for Soprano Solo, SATB Chorus and Organ (or Small Orchestra)
SATB Vocal Score
Peter Davis’s arangement of Harold Darke’s forgotten masterpiece As the Leaves Fall brings this moving elegy for the fallen of 1914–18 within the scope of choral societies and church and cathedral choirs in search of fresh and effective repertoire to mark the centenary of the Great War or the annual commemorations of Remembrance Sunday. Singers and audiences will be delighted to discover the work of little-known soldier-poet Lieutenant Joseph Courtney RAMC, whose verse drew from the composer a 14-minute setting in which Elgarian melancholy and passionate denunciation are transformed into a message of hope. This score is the complete choral performing material for soprano solo and SATB choir, either in performances with organ or, as vocal score, if given with the original accompaniment for small orchestra which is available for rental.