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This ethereal setting of Robert Burns’ familiar poem was commissioned by Philharmonia from Caroline Shaw for these performances. The wistful opening lines are intoned in free rhythm over a pizzicato bass. A rhythmically pliant E-minor triad is then outlined by the strings as the folk-like vocal melody leisurely unfolds. The entrance of the oboe in the second stanza is accompanied by an undulating repeated ostinato, later taken up by the harpsichord. A brief interlude breaks out of the hypnotic key before the final stanza trails off into an ethereal harmony sustained by the humming voices of the orchestra.