Music & Song
Musicologists have praised Shaw for his development of the Unison Song. In the spirit of the age, they were classless: written for everyone to sing, adults and children alike.
Shaw's knowledge of massed singing and the unison song came to the fore as the first Editor of National Anthems of the World.
AS I RODE OUT (Old English Carol)
Make we merry, both more or less,
For now is the time of Chris-te-mas, of Chris-te-mas! ...
OLD CHRISTMAS (adapted by Sir Walter Scott & Thomas Miller)
On Christmas Eve the bells were rung,
On Christmas Eve the Mass was sung...
AN ANGLICAN FOLK MASS
Founded on native hymn melodies.
CORONATION SONG ( E. Montgomery Campbell)
7 pages piano accompaniment
6 pages, Unison for Massed Singing
HYMN FOR THE QUEEN(Cobbold)
adopted by the Girl Guide movement
Unison with optional SATB for verse 2
SERVICE (Rudyard Kipling)
SONG OF THE MUSIC MAKERS (Rodney Bennett)
2 pages for 3 verses
Come, Music Makers, rouse up a song
To set the echos ringing,
A song of truth of the heart of youth,
A song for the joy of singing
THE BUILDERS (T.S. Eliot)
5 pages piano accomaniment
O LORD, HOW MANIFOLD ARE THY WORKS
Psalm 104, vv 24-8, 33 & Psalm 65 v. 14
for Harvest or General use
3 pages; Hymn no. 5 in Songs of Praise
A CHANT FOR ENGLAND (Helen Gray Cone)
Edward Arnold 1922
THE BRIDGEWATER CHARTER DAY SONG (T. Bruce-Dilks)
4 verses, 4 pages
CUCKOO (Traditional, 2nd verse Martin Shaw)
Curwen 1915 copyright renewed
Key: G (D - E)
GATHER UP YOUR LITTER (Eleanor Farjeon)
Cramer 1927 - written in response to the King's plea to take care of the countryside
I KNOW A BANK (Shakespeare)
Cramer Music 1946
O LAND OF BRITAIN (from Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1100 A.D.)
OVER THE HILLS (George Meredith)
Cramer Music 1953
PIONEERS (All the past we leave behind – Walt Whitman)
from Songs of Praise, OUP 1925
ST. GEORGES DAY (Geoffrey Dearmer, from original text)
arr. from original tune by Jeremiah Clarke
3 pages 3 verses
Winthrop Rodgers/Boosey & Hawkes, 1929
SEA SHANTY (In Liverpool where I was Bred – John Masefield)
A SONG OF LIFE (Christopher Fry)
THE SEA SHORE (Geoffrey Dearmer)
Cramer Music 1954
WOOD FIRES (C Congreve)
Cramer 1931, 1939
WORKING TOGETHER (Percy Dearmer)
originally written for the Boy Scouts, Boy's Brigades and others.
YOU ARE OLD, FATHER WILLIAM (Lewis Carroll)
Cramer Music 1951
23 pages, 11 anthems
NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF THE WORLD (with Henry Coleman)
111 National Anthems; list of National Days
The first volume of its kind to be published, and still in print, different editors have updated and enlarged the book over the years. The current editor is Michael Jamieson Bristow.
First published 1960, it is now in its 11th edition.
See Editorial for more information on Shaws work for this title.