Sheet Music: Searching for Lambs

TitleSearching for Lambs
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
RangeD4–D5
Time signature5/4
Tempo168 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2018-11-21
Last updated2018-11-21
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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Tune of the Day: Searching for Lambs

Traditions English folk song

The first to publish this tune was Cecil Sharp, who collected five versions of it in Somerset between 1904 and 1909. It became a great favorite of his, and was included in a number of publications. The modal melody (as Sharp noted, it lacks the 6th of the scale, so one can think of it as either Aeolian or Dorian) is quite haunting, and a rare example of traditional music in quintuple time.

As I went out one May morning,
One May morning betime,
I met a maid, from home had stray'd
Just as the sun did shine.

Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!