The Piper's Son

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SA Children, flute or violin, piano

A joyously singable little tune, with opportunities to teach dynamic contrast, canon, drone, text-painting, and even a few chorus harmonies.

May be performed with any C instrument, though flute works best for the "My father was the piper's son" text. (If using a violin, please sing "My father was the fidd'ler's son...", etc.)

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
AB-014-01
Duration: 
2:45
Commissioned By: 
Mary Hofer for her Suzuki Singers
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
10/19/2002
Premiere Ensemble: 
Voice Students of the Aber Suzuki Center
Premiere Conductor: 
Mary Hofer
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Traditional, with alterations by A.B.
Language: 
English
Text: 

My father was the piper's son,
He used to pipe when day was done,
But all the tune that he could play
Was, "Over the hills and far away."

The birds that soar out to the blue
Invite my feet to follow too,
The open road is straight and free,
It calls my name: "Come follow me!"

Over the hills and far away,
We sing our song to a dawning day,
Over the hilltops on and on,
Till morning wakes and stars are gone.

My father was the piper's son,
He played on his pipe till day was done,
His heart was wild as wind they say:
"Come over the hills and far away!"

Over the hills and far away,
We sing our song to a dawning day,
Over the hilltops on and on,
Till morning wakes and stars are gone.

Over the hills and far away,
We sing and play on our pipes till day,
Over the hilltops on and on,
We follow the silver streaks of dawn.

"Over the hills and far away!"