Remember, O Thou Man (arr.)

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, s.a.t.b. soloists, cello, harp

"Remember, O Thou Man" is an Elizabethan era "suffering ballad" printed in 1611 in a curious musical collection by Thomas Ravenscroft. Ravenscroft was a British composer, theorist, and editor who is perhaps better known for having compiled many still-popular canons and catches (incl. "Three Blind Mice").

This evocative arrangement has a haunting cello line and sweeping harp. A 'handbell-like' treatment of the chorus at the end has soloists crying "Remember! Remember!"

[Score includes alternate notation for piano accomp.]

Audio: 

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
AB-045-00
Duration: 
7:00
Commissioned By: 
The Singers--Minnesota Choral Artists
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/02/2006
Premiere Ensemble: 
The Singers--Minnesota Choral Artists
Premiere Conductor: 
Matthew Culloton
Reviews: 

"Abbie Betinis' arrangement of an Elizabethan ballad honors its origins while making it more contemporary and compelling.
- William Randall Beard, The Star Tribune

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Thomas Ravenscroft (ca. 1611)
Language: 
English
Text: 

Remember O thou man, O thou man, O thou man.
Remember O thou man, Thy time is spent.
Remember O thou man, How thou art dead and gone,
And I did what I can, therefore repent.

Remember He was borne, O thou man, O thou man,
Remember He was borne. For mankind sake,
Remember He was borne, For us that were forlorne.
And therefore tooke no scorne our flesh to take.

To Bethle'm did they goe, O thou man, O thou man,
To Bethle'm did they goe, The shepherds three,
To Bethle'm did they goe, To see if it were so,
Was this child borne or no to set us free?

Angels before did say, O thou man, O thou man,
Angels before did say, So it came to passe,
Angels before did say, They found a babe who lay
In a manger wrapt in hay, so poore he was.

Give thanks to God alway, O thou man, O thou man,
Give thanks to God alway, With heartmost joy,
Give thanks to God alway, For this our happy day.
Let all men sing and say holy, holy.

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This text, to the best of my knowledge, is in the public domain, and may be reprinted from this website for use in concert programs and for promotional use as related to this musical work.