Bregalad’s Lament for the Rowans (Tolkien)


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This song is number eleven in the series: Fourteen Tolkien Songs for Children’s Voices. The words are from ‘The Two Towers’, Volume 2 of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, p.87, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

‘For those who only know Tolkien via the recent blood-and-thunder films, this song-cycle by Charles McCreery will give a very different angle on the classic saga. Here we find a gentle and ethereal world, where rhythms lilt and words echo. The twelve songs, suitable for choir, evoke a dreamy, water-colour landscape with no harsh sounds, the tunes are singable and in a traditional style that Tolkien would surely have approved’ – Dr Julia Gasper, LGSM

Bregalad’s Lament might also be suitable for two violinists, or a violinist and violist, taking the vocal parts, or two woodwind players.

The MP3 which plays from this page is of an orchestral arrangement of the song.

The downloadable .pdf available here includes the three individual parts, soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano, as well as the full score.

The picture at the front of the score is of a rowan tree in Shotover Country Park near Oxford.

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