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The Lover's Arithmetic - by Paul Halley
Publication Details
No. VI from the song cycle "Love Songs For Springtime'
 

 
  Catalogue Number -
LL-VG443 SATB

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB choir and piano
with optional brass quintet

Level of Difficulty - Easy
Uses/Season - Festival, Concert

Perusal score pdf can be viewed while listening simultaneously to
audio track below.

Licensed by arrangement with Alfred Music for Warner Chappell Music Canada

 

Duration -
4:00 mins


Pages Music -
7 pages - 12 page booklet
Format -
SATB/piano choral octavo


Copyright Year - 1986



Perusal Score PDF
SATB version perusal - page 1 of 7
 
 
Description/Remarks
LL-VG443 SATB "The Lover's Arithmetic" by Paul Halley, is number VI in the six-song cycle 'Love Songs For Springtime', composed 1986 for
the Ottawa Choral Society, Brian Law, director. The works in the song cycle are the settings of traditional English folk texts and each song describes a different perspective on love. As the title of this work implies, this song ironically portrays love from an arithmetical perspective. A samba feel to the rythms and brass interludes add to the playful theme. A brass seque leads from this movement into a reprise of 'The Maypole' in the complete song cycle with brass accompaniment. Text anon.

Commissioned 1986 by the Ottawa Choral Society, Brian Law, director.
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Recorded on

WONDROUS LOVE
JN104 CD

Wondrous Love


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus
The Battell Brass - Directed by Paul Halley


 

 
 

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Texts 

The Lover’s Arithmetic

from 'Love Songs for Springtime'
Text: Traditional English
Music: Paul Halley



In love to be sure what disasters we meet,
What torment, what grief and vexation;
I’ve crosses encountered my hopes to defeat,
Will scarcely admit numeration.

I courted a maid, and I called her divine,
And I begged she would change her condition;
For I thought that her fortune united with mine,
Would make a most handsome addition.

Heigh-o, dot and go one, Fal lal de ral do ra.

When married, a plaguy subtraction I found,
Her debts wanted much liquidation;
And we couldn’t, so badly our wishes were crowned,
Get forward in multiplication.

Division in wedlock is common they say,
And both being fond of the suction;
I very soon had to exclaim, “Lack-a-day!
My fortune’s gone into reduction.”

Heigh-o, dot and go one, Fal lal de ral do ra.

The rules of proportion Dame Nature forgot
When my Deary she formed, so the fact is,
And she had a tongue to embitter my lot,
Which she never could keep out of practice.

One day after breaking my head with a stool,
Said I, “Ma’am, if these are your actions,
I’m off; for you know I’ve been so long at school
I don’t want to learn vulgar fractions.”

Heigh-o, dot and go one, Fal lal de ral do ra.