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"There Were Three Ravens" for Flute Ensemble

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Composer : AnonymousAnonymous
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3 flutes (trio)

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Publisher :
 AnonymousMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1611
Copyright :Public Domain
"There Were Three Ravens" (There were three rauens) English folk ballad dates back to 1611 where it appears in Melismata. "Musicall Phansies Fitting the Court", "Citti"e, and "Countrey Humours" by T. Ravenscroft. It is also known as "The Twa Corbies".

The ballad takes the form of three scavenger birds conversing about where and what they should eat. One mentions a recently slain knight, but they find he is guarded by his loyal hawks and hounds. Furthermore a "fallow doe", an obvious metaphor for the knight's pregnant ("as great with young as she might go") lover or mistress (see "leman") comes to his body, kisses his wounds, bears him away, and buries him, leaving the ravens without an apparent meal. The narrator, however, gradually departs from the ravens' point of view, ending with ?God send euery gentleman/Such haukes, such hounds, and such a Leman? - the comment of the narrator on the action, rather than the ravens whose discussion he earlier describes.

Although this piece was originally written for Voices (SATB), I arranged it for Flute Ensemble (Piccolo, Flute & Alto Flute) at the request of a member.
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Added by magataganm the 2012-08-20

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