The Blue Bird (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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Editions for SSATB Choir

  • (Posted 2017-11-19)   CPDL #47513:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-07-22)   CPDL #45567:   
Editor: Harry Boulton (submitted 2017-07-22).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 199 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2016-11-13)   CPDL #41841:   
Editor: Paul Hayward (submitted 2016-11-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: For SSATB in G Major
  • CPDL #07876:   
Editor: Drew Collins (submitted 2004-09-17).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 2008-03-06.
  • CPDL #06775:  Network.png
Editor: John D. Smith (submitted 2004-02-20).   Score information: 40.8 x 57.8 cm, 4 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scores listed alphabetically by composer. All scores available in Scorch format, some are also available as PDF files.
  • CPDL #06499:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Ted Dean (submitted 2004-01-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 29 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: transposed up a half step, and alto parts placed on separate staves.
  • CPDL #05585:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and Noteworthy Composer files available.
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2003-10-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
  • CPDL #00399:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-02-03).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 192 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score., (revised 3/9/03, error in piano part) MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

Editions for SSSAA Choir

  • (Posted 2018-10-01)   CPDL #51409:      (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Robert Nottingham (submitted 2018-10-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Arranged for female voices by the composer. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The Blue Bird
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Mary E. Coleridge

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATB with Choral soprano solo, or SAATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1910
- London: Stainer and Bell

Description: Some of the editions on this page are scored for SAATB, and some for Soprano solo and SATB where the sopranos take the 1st alto part and the altos take the second alto part. Any enlightenment as to how Stanford intended the work to be performed would be welcomed on the discussion page.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The lake lay blue below the hill.
O'er it, as I looked, there flew
Across the waters, cold and still,
A bird whose wings were palest blue.

The sky above was blue at last,
The sky beneath me blue in blue.
A moment, ere the bird had passed,
It caught his image as he flew.

German.png German translation

Der See bei dem Hügel war schimmerndes Blau;
Darüber zog friedlich auf luftiger Spur,
weit über die Wasser, die ruhig und flau,
ein Vogel mit Flügeln so blau wie Azur.

Der Himmel darüber war blaues Gewand,
der Himmel darunter blau-spiegelnder Schein;
Für einen Moment, eh' der Vogel entschwand,
fing kurz dessen Abbild im Fluge er ein.

Translation by Jan-Frerk Burmester .

The translator would appreciate feedback if you use his translations - please email: jf.burmester(a)