Dreamer Carol

Burnell, Paul

About the work

Dreamer Carol was inspired by a London Forum Composers Group project based on the ‘Western Wynde’ Mass by John Taverner (c.1490-1545). There are no intentional quotations from Taverner’s mass, but Dreamer Carol uses two well-known tunes to form the basis of the composition. The first part of Dreamer Carol contains melodic fragments from The Coventry Carol (anon.) and Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster 1826-1864) played very slowly in the flute and trumpet. After this the music gradually fades away.

“Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee, And ever mourn and say; For Thy parting, nor say nor sing, By, by, lully, lullay.”

“Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee; Sounds of the rude world heard in the day, Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d a way!”


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score & parts


Sample score



8m 00s






fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tr, trb, perc, kb, 5 vl, 2 va, 3 vc, db + handbells
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