The Songs of Harold Fraser-Simson

We are currently working on a recording of the songs of Harold Fraser-Simson (1872-1944).  The English composer is best known for his light music and musical comedies.  In his later career he set numerous children's poems to music, notably the works of

A. A. Milne and Lewis Carroll.  This would be a complete recording of his Milne and Carroll songs - some of which will be the first time on record.

The Pieces

The songs of this recording were originally published in the following volumes:

 

Music by H. Fraser-Simson, words by A. A. Milne

 

Fourteen Songs from When we were very young (1924)

The King’s Breakfast (1925)

Teddy Bear & Other Songs from When we were very young (1926)

Now We Are Six (1927)

More Very Young Songs (1928)

The Hums of Pooh (1929)

 

Music by H. Fraser-Simson, words by Lewis Carroll

 

Songs from Alice in Wonderland (1932)

As the original book were re-published in different anthologies there was never really a specific order in which to present the songs, so we have decided to adopt the order from the original poetry/story books.

The Settings of A. A. Milne

When We Were Very Young

Buckingham Palace

Happiness

The Christening

Puppy and I

The Four Friends

Lines and Squares

Brownie

Independence

Nursery Chairs

Market Square

Daffodowndilly

Disobedience

Spring Morning

The Three Foxes

Politeness

Jonathan Jo

At the Zoo

Rice Pudding

Missing

Hoppity

Shoes and Stockings

Sand-Between-The-Toes

Knights and Ladies

Halfway Down

Before Tea

Teddy Bear

Bad Sir Brian Bottany

In the Fashion

The Alchemist

Growing Up

If I Were King

Vespers

The King’s Breakfast

Feed-My-Cow

The King’s Breakfast

Winnie the Pooh

Isn’t if Funny

How Sweet to be a Cloud

It’s very, very funny

Cottleston Pie

Lines Written by a Bear of Very Little Brain

Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear

They all went off to discover the Pole

3 Cheers for Pooh

 

Now We Are Six

Sneezles

Binker

Cherry Stones

Us Two

The Engineer

Furry Bear

Forgiven

The Emperor’s Rhyme

Down by the Pond

The Friend

Twice Times

Cradle Song

Waiting at the Window

Wind on the Hill

In the Dark

The End

 

The House at Pooh Corner

The more it snows…

What shall we do about poor little Tigger?

I could spend a happy morning…

Oh, the butterflies are flying…

If Rabbit was bigger…

This warm and sunny spot…

I lay on my chest…

Here lies a tree…

Christopher Robin is going…

 

The Settings of Lewis Carroll

Songs from Alice in Wonderland

 

How doth the little crocodile

Fury said to a Mouse

You are old, Father William

Speak roughly to your little boy

Will you walk a little faster

‘Tis the voice of the Lobster

Beautiful Soup

They told me you had been to her

Recording Information

We will be recording this album with seven professional singers and a pianist.