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Charm

For SSA Choir

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SSA

Type

Secular, Folk

Duration

2'30 minutes

Price

$3.18

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A cute, quirky work for SSA, setting an Anglo-Saxon charm. These metrical charms were sets of instructions, including ingredients for potions and words to be spoken aloud, meant to cure sicknesses or resolve troubles. Twelve of them survive in Old English, including this one for water-elf disease, which involves watery eyes and pale, ill-looking nails. You were supposed to repeating certain phrases lots of times for it to work! I've adapted most of the text into modern English.

Charm is adapted from a track by (my folk guise) You Are Wolf. It's performed here by the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, San Francisco.

Further information

Publisher

Published by Oxford University Press in the anthology 'as you sing'Published by Oxford University Press

Year

2018

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