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ABOUT THE SONG
From Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’, N.6
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano/ Mezzo / Alto/ Baritone/ Bass
Original key C Dorian
Language English
Composer George Butterworth 1885 – 1916
Poet Alfred Edward Housman 1859 – 1936
Range Is My Team Ploughing?
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Is My Team Ploughing? , a setting by Alfred Edward Housman, was composed by George Butterworth in 1911. It is the sixth and final song of his song cycle, Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad.

It is quite tragic to think of how much more beautiful music Butterworth could have still written, had he not died during World War I, aged thirty. Very few works for Butterworth remain: he did not have the time to write many compositions and before leaving for war, he destroyed most of them except a few. Among them, his song cycle, Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad, written in 1911, is remarkable for its uniqueness and musical style. It sets poems all part of A Shropshire Lad written by A. E. Housman; Butterworth in 1912 will set another cycle of 5 poems from that same book in his song cycle, Bredon Hill and Other Songs.

Is my team ploughing? is the sixth and final song of his song cycle, Six songs from A Shropshire Lad. It follows melancholic considerations on mortality (Loveliest of trees, N.1), others on how unwise one can be at 21 year’s old (When I Was One-and-Twenty, N.2), allusions to the Greek myth of Narcisse (Look Not in My Eyes, N.3), a forceful acclaim of carefreeness (Think no more, lad, N.4) and a sad reflection on the death in glory (because of war) of so many young men (The Lads in Their Hundreds, N.5).

Is my team ploughing? sets in music a dialogue between a ghost and his living friend. Butterworth successfully distinguishes the two by differentiating tempo, harmony and musical texture. When the ghost is speaking, the accompaniment sounds ethereal, harmonies inconclusive and the tempo seems suspended into thin air. On the contrary, when the living friend is speaking, the cords at the accompaniment sound powerful, the harmonies conclusive and the music seems to be lead powerfully forward. As the conversation comes to an end, the piano concludes with progressively fading cords as if the ghost were disappearing.

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Is My Team Ploughing? originated was composed by George Butterworth . The original lyrics are in English. The melodious note arrangement of Is My Team Ploughing? ranges from pianissimo (very soft) mellow notes to forte (loud) notes carrying the player and the audience through an array of vivid emotions. The sweet soft beginning of the music piece gradually increases and decreases the loudness in smooth transitions. This music piece is decorated with phrases, slurs and an arpeggio. A perfect composition for piano players to try with an intermediate knowledge in music. Students can make use of this sweet music piece to improve their knowledge in music expressions, ornaments and sight-reading, while all music lovers could enjoy this brilliant extract whole-heartedly. Is My Team Ploughing? sheet music produced by Lyribox is clear, precise and is transcribed in English by Lyribox. By purchasing Is My Team Ploughing? sheet music from us, you can simply sing along as you play this masterpiece on your piano. Unlike many sheet music sold online with all black notations, sheet music we offer you is marked using three distinct colors. While piano notation is illustrated in black, the music expressions and the lyrics are given in red and blue respectively. Get Is My Team Ploughing? by G. Butterworth sheet music from Lyribox today to enjoy and share this wonderful music composition with your friends and family.

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Is My Team Ploughing? piano accompaniment is offered by Lyribox is mellow and smooth. It feeds the poem an underlying pulse, adding a sense of propulsion to it. Meanwhile the vocal line flows in a dreamy leisure manner forcing the audience into a calming and languid mood. The vocal line of Is My Team Ploughing? by Lyribox has the potential to provide slight pitch support for the voice’s sometimes unusual intervals, enhancing the fullness of it. This accompaniment is not at all demanding. Using these rich Is My Team Ploughing? accompaniments you could create one of the most brilliant performances that is pregnant with layers and layers of expressions. Purchase the Is My Team Ploughing? piano accompaniment together with the vocal line accompaniment from Lyribox today!

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