The Cooper (John)

Thomas Arne's "The Cooper" is a very attractive work which in 2002 appeared to lack a good modern edition. I made an adaptation for a group I was singing with, and this is reproduced here. Perhaps a good modern edition has now appeared, but if not then maybe this adaptation will provoke somebody into making one (the "Notes for the curious" give the British Library references and discuss some technical problems); and in any case, what appears here can easily be altered to suit different circumstances. We thoroughly enjoyed performing it, and I am sure others will also.

Front sheet

Narrator's script

Score, numbers  1  2  3  4  4A  5  6  7  8  8A  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  Overture (as keyboard solo)

Violin parts, numbers  1-3  4-6  7  8-11  12  13-16

Cello part, numbers  1-3  4-6  7  8-11  12  13-16

Notes for the curious

Programme note for a subsequent performance

Post-performance notes