The Old Astronomer

Remember the Musical Hat Draw? Well, my setting of The Old Astronomer, text suggested by AlexSeanchai, has now sold. It was sponsored by Kathleen Jowitt and AlexSeanchai.

I’ve set the first four stanzas to the same tune, and though I had intended this to be a piece for choir and piano or choir and ensemble, it didn’t work out that way. It’s quite folk-y, maybe a little jaunty for the subject matter, but I’m still rather partial to it. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
Sheet music: £20 SOLD!
…and a robot flute recording: £30 (£10 to go)
…and a recording of me singing: £100 (£70 to go)

So: if you’d like to hear this, either on a computerised robot flute or with me singing, go ahead and sponsor it by sending me money on Paypal and letting me know what it’s for. In the meantime, here is the sheet music:

The Old Astronomer melody PDF

This is under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. So if you want to, you can perform it, record it, arrange it, print it out, photocopy it, and whatever else; but you must attribute me as the composer, and you mustn’t prevent others from making derivative works.