Robert Burns


Robert Burns

1759 - 1796

Robert Burns , also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".

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Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

A Highland Balou (1947) Benjamin Britten
A Winter's Morning (2008) Thea Musgrave
Am Strande Op. 23 no.1 Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Am Strande Clara Schumann
Behold, my love (1818) Op. 108 1815-1818 Ludwig van Beethoven
Ca' the yowes Anon. arr. Quilter
Ca' the yowes Benjamin Britten
Chanson écossaise (1909) Maurice Ravel
Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb (1840) Op. 27 no.2 15.v.1840 Robert Schumann
Die Hochländer-Witwe (1840) Op. 25 no.10 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann
Dzhenni, 'Jenny' (1942) Op. 62 Dmitri Shostakovich
Hochländers Abschied (1840) Op. 25 no.13 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann
Hochländisches Wiegenlied (1840) Op. 25 no.14 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann
Jemand (1840) Op. 25 no.4 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann
John Anderson Op. 67 no.5 Robert Schumann
John Anderson Op. 145 no.4 Robert Schumann
Makferson pered kazn'ju, 'Macpherson's Farewell' (1942) Op. 62 Dmitri Shostakovich
Niemand (1840) Op. 25 no.22 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann
O can ye sew cushions? (1940) Benjamin Britten
V poljakh pod snegom i dozhdjom, 'O, wert thou in the cauld blast' (1942) Op. 62 Dmitri Shostakovich
Volkslied (1842) Op. 63 no.5 Felix Mendelssohn
Weit, weit (1840) Op. 25 no.20 i–early iv 1840 Robert Schumann

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