Aesop's Fables for SATB and piano
Townsend, George Fyler
. Music Department: Oxford University Press . Oxford
xM1552.C45A38 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an extra copy of this booklet. It seems to be the fourteenth printing, whereas the first copy is a fourth printing. As I wrote there, this is a 37-page large-format pamphlet that has helped me learn that SATB stands for "soprano, alto, tenor, bass." Chilcott in his "Composer's Note" on 1 acknowledges George Fyler Townsend's texts. Five fables are offered here: TH, "The Mountain in Labour," FG, WS, and "The Goose and the Swan." The moral for FG is simply "Sour Grapes." I am glad that WS is told in the better form: "who could first strip a wayfaring man of his clothes." The moral of the last fable is "Music can delay death." I was surprised to find several of these performed on YouTube. I enjoyed what I listened to, though it was sometimes difficult in Chilcott's arrangements to hear the words articulated.