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Music for Children accompanying CDs 3 Disc Set

3-CD set contains extracts from the 5-volume Murray editions of the Music for Children series books, plus settings by Gunild Keetman, Margaret Murray, Carl Orff, Hermann Regner and Olwen Jones. The material includes songs from Britain, Canada and the United States.

The songs and the pieces on these CD's should not be considered as parts of a blueprint, but rather thought of as outline sketches that can be varied, modified or extended. Those who compare the CD's and the books will find that many of the pieces have been changed. Children's voices and instruments are on the recordings. Singers and speakers are from a variety of English, Welsh and German schools with professional musicians playing instruments. The instrumental ensemble was directed by Carl Orff and Hermann Regner.



Tracks 1-20 are examples of speech work, rhythm, pentatonic melody in different keys, use of percussion instruments in various ways, and the building of simple forms.


  • 3 Nursery Rhymes of England
  • What's Your Name?
  • 3 Improvisations
  • Ladybird/The Hot Pease Man/Jack Sprat's Pig
  • 2 Instrumental Pieces
  • Wee Willie Winkie
  • 3 Ostinato Pieces
  • The Barnyard Song/My Little Pony
  • 2 Ostinato Pieces
  • Little Tommy Tucker/2 Pieces/Rub-a-dub-dub
  • Mr. Rabbit/First Duet for 2 Xylophones
  • Mr. Frog's Wedding/Second Duet for 2 Xylophones
  • Unk Unk Unk
  • Instrumental Piece
  • Alleluja, Farewell to the Old Year
  • 2 Pieces for Recorder
  • Ye Banks and Braes
  • Riddle Song
  • 2 Instrumental Pieces(the second is "Hiya")

Tracks 21-39 enlarge the melodic range to the 7 notes of the major key. Drone bass;and ostinato accompaniments give way to the use of alternating tonic;and supertonic triads and tonic;and submediant triads.


  • There Was an Old Woman
  • 3 Short Instrumental Pieces
  • Fabian/Sebastian
  • Dance/lassid Do
  • 3 Short Ostinato Pieces
  • Old King Cole/A Piece for Dancing
  • Simple Simon
  • 2 Short Ostinato Pieces
  • Cradle Songs
  • 3 Blind Mice
  • 2 Percussion Pieces
  • Bear Dance
  • 5 Fools in a Barrow
  • Proverbs
  • Ostinato Piece/Gratitude
  • Percussion Piece/Overheard on a Salt Marsh
  • Canon for Drums
  • 2 Pieces
  • Sumer is Icumen In/Instrumental Piece
  • Song for Good Friday
  • Instrumental Piece


Tracks 1-16 use dominant;and subdominant triads in the major key and a number are in the minor pentatonic scale.


  • Recorder and Timpani
  • Piece for Solo Xylophone
  • Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
  • 2 Pieces
  • Poor Wayfaring Strange
  • The Wife of Usher's Well
  • Street Song
  • Piece for 2 Recorders and Percussion
  • Riddles
  • Rundadinella
  • 2 Short Pieces
  • Land of the Silver Birch
  • 2 Dances for 3 Xylophones
  • No John No
  • Festive Procession
  • Glenlogie

Tracks 17-35 explore aeolian,dorian and phrygian modes; drone bass, I & VII chords and I & III chords.

Tracks: 3

  • Xylophone Pieces
  • Weather Sayings
  • Wordless Song
  • Recorder and Drum
  • 2 Xylophone Pieces
  • Yonder Sits a Fair Young Damsel
  • Short Piece
  • Malcolm Laddie
  • Dance Piece
  • Instrumental Piece
  • The Fair Lady
  • Pastoral Pieces
  • Dance
  • Evening Prayer
  • Triad Pieces
  • Mary at the Cross
  • Malaguena
  • 2 Pieces for Brass Instruments
  • Ascension


Tracks 1-13 use dominant (major and minor) and subdominant triads in the minor key.


  • The Wraggle Taggle Gipsies
  • Spanish Ladies
  • Old Midsummer Dance
  • The Loyal Lover
  • Decorated Thirds
  • Searching for Lambs
  • True Thomas
  • Piece for Percussion
  • Fog/Above the Dock
  • Quem Queritis in Supulchro
  • Media Vita
  • Chorus from Sophocles' Antigone: "Wonders are Many"
  • Incipiunt Laudes Creaturarum.

Tracks 14-26 use mostly modal melodies (many are Welsh, Irish or Scottish).


  • The Keel Row
  • Y Gog Lwydlas
  • Wrth Fynd Hefo Deioi Dywyn
  • A Thousand Curses on Love
  • Cwyn Mam-yng-nghyfraith
  • Gee' Ceffyl Bach
  • An Irish Lullaby
  • "Seo Hu Leo"
  • Y Folantein
  • John Barleycorn
  • The Fairies' Lullaby
  • Y Deryn Bach Syw
  • O Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad
  • What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?


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