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Music, Burns and

Burns's poems have been set by many composers. The following list contains the more important settings, but otherwise does not claim to be complete. It does not include arrangements, or, in general, unpublished settings.

Settings by German composers

Heinrich Marschner (1795-1861)
John Anderson
Felix Mendelssohn (1 809 - 1 847)
0 wert thou in the cauld blast
J. R. Dumer (b. Ausbach 1810-d. Edinburgh 1859)
John Anderson Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Hey Baloo
The Independent Man
John Anderson (two settings)
The Red, Red Rose
Out over the Forth
Adolph Jensen (183 7-1879)
John Anderson
Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
John Anderson
Alexander Ernst Fesca (1820-1859)
My heart's in the Highlands
Robert Franz (real name Knauth) (1815 -1892)
Fourteen songs set to the Poems of Robert Burns

Settings by Russian composers

Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906-75)
Six Romances to words by Burns, Shakespeare and Walter Raleigh(1942)
Tikhon Nikolaievitch Khrennikov (b. 1913)
Five Songs, translated by Marshak, opus II (composed 1942)

Settings by American composers

Edward MacDowell (1861-1908)
Ye banks and braes

Settings by Finnish composers

Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Elli Dunbar - male voice choir (1920)

Settings by English composers

Sir W. Sterndale Bennett (1816-75)
Castle Gordon
Musing on the Roaring Ocean
To Chloe
Miles Birket Foster (1851-1921)
My Heart's in the Highlands
Edward German (1851-1921)
Charming Chloe
Liza Lehmann (1862~1918)
Bonnie Wee Thing
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
Here's a Health to Ane I Loe Dear
Freda Swain (b. 1902)
Five Settings of Poems by Burns (1924)
Phillip Hattey (b. 191 1) jean
Benjamin Britten (1913-76)
Highland Balou (from a Charm of Lullabies, 1947)
Hugo Cole (b. 1917)
A Farewell (1961)
Donald Swann (b. 1923)
0 my luve is like a red, red rose
Alan J. Rideout (b. 1934) There's News, Lasses, News (A Cantata on Poems by Burns for female voices and orchestra), 1969
Nicholas Maw (b. 193 5)
Five Epigrams (1961), for mixed voices

Settings by Scottish Composers

Frands George Scott (1880-1952)
O Steer Her Up
O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast
Robin Shure in Hairst
The Carles of Dysart
Ay Waukin O
Last May a Braw Wooer
The Wren's Nest
The Lovely Lass O' Inverness
Hey' the Dusty Miller
Wha will Buy my Troggin?
I Merry Hae I been Teethin a Heckle
Mary Morison
The Weary Pund O' Tow
Crowdie
O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair
The Tailor Fell Thro the Bed
O a' the Airts
My wife's a Wanton Wee Thing
O Were I on Parnassus Hill
O Dear Miny
Scroggarn
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Amang the Trees
Wee Willie Gray
The Discreet Hint
O Wha my Babie Clouts Will Buy?
Wha is That At My Bower Door?
Landlady, Count the Lawin
Rattlin', Roarin' Willie
Scots Wha Hae
W. B. Moonie (b. 1883)
Bonie Lesley
lan Whyte (1901-1960)
Ye Flow'ry Banks
Auld Lang Syne
Cedric Thorpe Davie (b. 1913)
A Rosebud By My Early Walk
Settings of Larger Works (and Works 'after' Burns)
Sir Alexander C. Mackenzie (1847-193 5)
The Cotter's Saturday Night-cantata for chorus and orchestra (1888)
The Selkirk Grace and 'O Thou in Whom We Live and Move' (Two part songs, 1931)
Tam 0' Shanter - Scottish Rhapsody
No. 3 (1911) Opus 74
G.W. Chadwick (b. Lowell, Mass. 1854 -Boston 193 1)
Tam O' Shanter - Symphonic Ballad 1917)
F. Learmont Drysdale (1866-1909)
Ode to Edinburgh - cantata for baritone. chorus and orchestra (1890)
Tam O' Shanter - concert overture (189o) William Howard Glover (1819-75)
Tam O' Shanter - tenor, chorus, large orchestra. (First performed by New Philharmonic Society under Berlioz on 4th July 18s5) Sir Eugene Goossens (b. 1893)
Tam O' Shanter - Scherzo Deryck Cooke (b. 1919)
Tam O' Shanter - tenor, male chorus, piano and orchestra (1958)
Malcolm Arnold (b. 1921)
Tam 0' Shanter - Overture (1955) Iain Hamilton (b. 1922)
Iain Hamilton (b.1922)
Sinfonia for two orchestras (jointly commissioned by Edinburgh Festival Society and the Burns Federation in commemoration of the bicentenary of the birth of Burns, and first performed in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 18th August 1959)
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