Till MacIvor Meyn

Composer ∞ Musician

KelvinGroveThumbnail.jpg

'Scotia Songs,' was composed on a commission from the Texas Christian University School of Music (Richard Gipson, director), for the TCU Concert Chorale. The collection uses Scottish folk poetry and tunes, and traces a love story from the perspective of a man who must ultimately leave his beloved Scottish homeland. In ‘The Lily and the Rose,’ the man describes his lover in two different, but related poems that have been textually and musically interwoven. ‘Kelvin Grove’ finds the lovers preparing to escape to their favorite getaway; yet in the final verse we realize that he must soon leave both his lover and his home. ‘Loch Lomond,’ a well-loved and moving tune, is set here as a reminiscence of the love he had, for now his heart is broken. In the final song, ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands,’ Burns’ poetry is set to an original tune; the man connects with images of the Highlands from his past, for although he is no longer there, his heart remains in his home country. The love story in four movements follows the passion for his lost love, but also the attachment to his cherished homeland. The choral cycle exists in two versions: SATB chorus, vibraphone, marimba, two percussion; and SATB chorus, piano, and two percussion.

sample score

purchase through Alliance Music Publications