Richard Lambert Music

All was for an apple (Op.48 No.6)

Carol for a cappella SATB

Composed in 2020 this is a new setting of the anonymous 15 th century lyrics Adam lay ybounden. A tonal work, it is centred around G modal minor and its relative major.


Adam lay ybounden,
Bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long.
And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkes finden
Written in their book.
Ne had the apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Ne had never our lady
A been heavene´ queen.
Blessed be the time
That apple taken was,
Therefore we moun singen,
Deo gratias, deo gratias!

Words: 15th century English (anon)


All was for an apple will be published for Christmas 2020 by Encore Publications.

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