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CoverUnder the Willow [level: Medium]
Stephen Foster, arr. Susan LaBarr: Bio and other works | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 896 | duration: 5:05 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: a cappella


A charming piece, the beautiful Foster melody is creatively enhanced by some flourishing vocal lines added by the arranger. This is the rare unaccompanied piece for women’s voices that really works.


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CLICK HERE: Read the text
Under the willow she’s laid with care
Sang a lone mother while weeping,
Under the willow with golden hair,
My little one’s quietly sleeping.
Fair, fair, and golden hair,
Sang a lone mother while weeping,
Fair, fair, and golden hair;
Under the willow she’s sleeping
. Under the willow no song is heard,
Near where my darling lies dreaming;
Naught but the voice of some far-off bird
Where life and its pleasures are beaming.
Under the willow I breathe a prayer,
Longing to linger forever;
Near to my angel with golden hair,
In lands where there’s sorrow never.

Stephen Foster


Denton Women's Chamber Ensemble, Cameron F. LaBarr, conductor [© all rights reserved]

Chandler High School's Treblemakers - Lori Lyford, conductor
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"This is one of the most breathtaking harmonic and textual choral compositions ever created, in my opinion. Deeply emotive, this tragically beautiful composition expressively highlights the profound sorrow that a grieving mother possesses for the loss of a child--a loss far too early. It is truly outstanding that LaBarr creates a masterpiece so captivating that it transmits emotions, such as grief and pain, to an audience who may be unknowing of such unparalleled sentiments. Unmatched in its sentimentality, "Under the Willow" truly showcases that love is the strongest and eternal connection between ourselves and those who have passed on. Truly and highly recommended for any occasion. "
review by: Zachary Shand, Hartland, MI - Hartland HS Con Espiritu


"My daughter sang with the BYU Women's Chorus when they performed this arrangement. It is one of the most tender descriptions put to music of a mother's heart ache for her child who died much too early. It draws you close to the moment and you feel as if you are there with this mother as she weeps for her child. The original tune from Stephen Foster is rather plain, but this a capella rendition is tender, slower, with feeling. Keep a tissue close by ;)"
review by: Judy Jenkins, Provo, Utah - BYU Women's Chorus


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2017 | NJ-ACDA and Westminster Choir College Student ACDA Chapter Reading Session
2015 | NW Reading Session Feb 12-15 2015
2015 | Missouri ACDA Summer Reading Session
2014 | Western ACDA February 19-22, 2014
2013 | AZ ACDA Reading Session July 11-13, 2013
2012 | UMEA/ACDA Reading Session
2012 | UT ACDA Univ Student Session
2011 | UT ACDA Reading Session
2010 | KY ACDA
2010 | Missouri ACDA
2010 | Central CA Reading Session

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