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House of the Rising Sun
First Edition
choir (SATB), piano
Catalogue Number: HV052
Score and parts: £2.50
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Rising Sun

Extract courtesy members of The Oxford Singers directed by David Crown.

There is a longer (complete) version on YouTube performed by The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford

"In this setting I have tried to capture the original folk/blues ethos of this timeless ballad. I was also very mindful of Eric Burden's idiosyncratic 1964 version, without which this powerful song might never have reached the listening public. The inclusion of a solo soprano was in response to the lyric, which encourages mothers to tell their children "not to do what I have done". The whole feeling of the piece should resemble that of a Southern gospel choir. The use of an appropriate accent should enhance any performance and add meaning to the text."John Frith
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