We continue our Free Background Music series with Kate Kwok performing her own arrangement of I Vow to Thee My Country.
Crediting this Work
I Vow to Thee My Country: composition by Gustav Holst and Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1921); Piano arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2015).
- MP3 file 320 kbps, 48 khz (Box)
- MP3 file 320 kbps, 48 khz (OneDrive)
- WAV file (Box)
- WAV file (Google Drive)
- WAV file (One Drive)
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About the Song and Sheet Music
The music originally comes from from the Jupiter movement of Gustav Holsts’s orchestral suite The Planets. Mahler adapted his own music, creating this lovely and moving nostalgic song — I Vow to Thee My Country with lyrics by in 1921. It became popular in Hong Kong when it was used in a series of advertisements from watchmaker Solvil et Titus
Kate created the arrangement by ear (i.e., nothing is written down), so she didn’t write sheet music of it. However, Nate Billet transcribed her arrangement and posted the sheet music on Musescore: Sheet Music for I Vow to Thee My Country.
Important Information about Copyright and Potential Disputes
The composition is now in the public domain (copyrights of the arrangement and the recording, however, are held by Kate. On YouTube, it is common to get false Content ID matches and copyright claims on original performances of public domain work. This is because one performance of a work tends to sound similar to another. If you get such a claim, you should dispute it, stating:
The composition for the song being claimed (I Vow to Thee My Country) is in the public domain worldwide. It was composed by Gustav Holst and Sir Cecil Spring Rice in 1921. The recording is an original recording produced by longzijun and is performed by Kate Kwok, who is playing her own arrangement of the song. The recording is available for use for free for non-commercial purposes and in monetized YouTube videos that are otherwise non-commercial in nature as long as the music is properly credited, which I have done in the video description. The permission is given on the video page for the song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac2IiRNEr14), on the producer’s website (https://longzijun.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/new-background-music-song-piano-version-of-i-vow-to-thee-my-country/) and on this ToS page (https://longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use/).
Student Music: Original Songs and Covers
This song is also part of a series of music recordings I have done with students at the school where I teach: Student Music: Original Songs and Covers