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CoverHunt Is Up! The [level: Medium]
Nicholas McKaig: Bio and other works | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 967 | duration: 3:00 | price: $2.20
accompaniment: a cappella

The English King leads the hunt to catch a deer, and the town gathers to watch the goings-on. The text, from a sixteenth century ballad, tells the tale first-hand. Composer McKaig calls on the singers to sound the horns to announce the hunt: “hey tantara tee-ree,” and the rousing piece takes off. Colorful and great fun.

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CLICK HERE: Read the text
The hunt is up, the hunt is up
And it is well nigh day;
And Harry, our King, is gone hunting
To bring his deer to bay.
The east is bright with morning light,
And darkness it is fled:
And the merry horn wakes up the morn
To leave his idle bed.
Behold the skies with golden dyes
Are glowing all around;
The grass is green, and so are the treen,*
All laughing at the sound.
The horses snort to see the sport,
The dogs are running free
The woods rejoice at the merry noise
Of “hey taranta tee ree.”
The sun is glad to see us clad
All in our lusty green,
And smiles in the sky as he riseth high
To see and to be seen.
Awake all men, I say again,
Be merry as you may;
For Harry, our King, is gone hunting
To bring his deer to bay.

by William Gray

USC Recital Choir, Nicholas McKaig, conductor [© all rights reserved]
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