O Danny Boy

arranged by

William Copper


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_William Copper. This is a unique arrangement of one of the most beautiful folk melodies ever sung. Moderate range, limited divisi allow almost any choir to sing this piece. Sad but lovely arrangement taken from Copper's "Danny Boy" Requiem. Written carefully to allow pure vocal tuning in just intonation. Key of Eb, Length about 3 1/2 minutes.

An example of a pitch graph from the score may be found below.

		Lyrics by Frederick Weatherly (1848-1929)

Introduction (first verse):
	    ... if you come, and 
		   all the flowers are dying,
    	        And I am dead, as 
		    dead I well may be,
	        You'll come and find 
                    the place where I am lying:

	O Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
	From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
	The summer's gone, and all the flow'rs are dying
	'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

	But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
	Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
	'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
	Oh, Danny boy, oh, Danny boy, I love you so.

    Introduction (second verse):
            O Danny boy, the pipes, 
                    the pipes are calling,
            From glen to glen,
                    and down the mountainside,
            The summer's gone, 
                    and all the flow'rs are dying:

	And if you come, and all the flow'rs are dying,
	And I am dead, as dead I well may be,
	You'll come and find the place where I am lying
	And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

	And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me
	And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
	If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me,
    	I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me. 

Blue bars indicate tuning lower than equal tempered equivalents, orange bars indicate tuning higher than equal tempered notes. The vertical size of the bars is proportional to the amount of tuning required. For example, the first G of the alto line is 14 cents lower than a G on the piano, tuned against the root Eb. Note the changing intonation on the soprano F, for example, page 2: sometimes tuned low, in relation to subdominant harmony (bar 7), and sometimes tuned high, in relation to tonic or dominant harmony (bar 9). The tonic note Eb is exactly the same on piano and in voice.

A conductor may something like "if you have a fat blue/green bar, TUNE to the other voices; if you have a thin gray line, you are tonic and hold your pitch for others to tune to; if you have a narrow blue/green or orange bar, your voice is in perfect relation to tonic, so also try to hold pitch by your tonal memory and let others tune to you; if you have a fat orange bar or a double-wide blue/green bar, your pitch is exceptional and you should learn how it fits in the musical texture."

Pitch graphs for the entire score are available free for choral directors who purchase sheet music, please ask. ( Use the address music at hartenshield.com )

O Danny Boy, Page 1, Pitch Graph
O Danny Boy, Page 2, Pitch Graph

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O Danny Boy
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O Danny Boy
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