Seven Songs Home

Song cycle for children’s voices


12 minutes




Commissioned by International Kodaly Society, for the centenary of Zoltan Kodaly birth





Unaccompanied SAA children’s chorus


1. Home-Time at Last
2. At the Shore
3. The Heather Track
4. At the Lochan
5. Cold Tractor
6. Tractor Ride
7. Home


Composer Notes

Seven Songs Home was commissioned by the International Kodaly Society and first performed in 1982 in Budapest on the occasion of the Kodaly centenary. The work is a tribute to the great composer of music for children. It is scored for unaccompanied children’s voices, and the story line concerns events and adventures experienced by an island child between leaving school and arriving home for tea.

Programme Notes

Short Note by Paul Griffiths

These beautiful and distinctive songs, comparable with the carols in style, will be useful in class and in concerts. The choir divides into as many as six parts at one point, though normally the songs are in three parts. Each vocal line is tuneful and memorable, but far from boringly straightforward: children will respond to the challenge when the final effect is so rewarding. The words are full of reference to life in the Orkney Islands – beach-combing hearing birds, riding on a tractor – but these will only increase the songs’ appeal to a child’s imagination. It was, after all, a Hungarian school that gave the first performance!


First Performance

Congress Hall Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Monday, 13 December 1982

Children's Choir of Miskolc Music Primary School No. G