An English Garland-Flute and Piano


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An English Garland-Flute and Piano

An English Garland-Flute and Piano

Publisher – Emerson Edition
Volume One / Volume 1


A collection of 12 songs by 18th Century English composers, with a connection to Vauxhall Gardens in London.

As well as the more familiar eighteenth-century composers James Hook and Thomas Arne (who wrote Rule Britannia), this collection of 12 English melodies includes tunes by the less well-known William Reeve, William Shield and Thomas Arne’s son Michael. Charles Dibdin’s ‘Tom Bowling’, which Sir Henry Wood worked into his ‘Fantasia on British Sea Songs’ – a cornerstone of the Last Night of the Proms, is also here. The introduction provides a short history of Vauxhall Gardens in London, where many of these songs would have been performed and brief biographies of their composers.


  • The Contented Fellow (Anon.)
  • Care Flies From The Lad That Is Merry (Michael Arne)
  • While Phillis Refuses (Michael Arne)
  • Under The Greenwood Tree (Michael Arne)
  • Tom Bowling (Charles Dibdin)
  • Happy Hours (Henry Holcombe)
  • He Piped So Sweet (James Hook)
  • Lack-a-Day, O! (James Hook)
  • The Quaker’s Song (William Reeve)
  • Sweet Patty (William Reeve)
  • Old Towler (William Shield)
  • Robin Hood’s Bower (William Shield)

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