Well, I finally found one copy for you.
The complete title of the book is the "Concord Junior Song and Chorus
Book,for Unison and Part Singing for Grades 7,8,and 9" and its
Teacher's Edition is Volume 15 in the Concord Series. It was compiled
and edited by Archibald T. Davison, et al., and the edition you are
getting was republished in 1955 by Schirmer Music Co., Boston (The
original edition was published in 1928.)
The book is currently available online from Peaceful Valley
Booksellers for $20. Here is a link to the ordering page from
Bookavenue.com, which is the site that is handling the listing:
Bookavenue.com: Order Form: Concord Junior Song and Chorus Book
I have confirmed directly with the bookseller that the book is indeed
the Teacher's Edition and that it contains the David Rizzio piece that
particularly interests you. Here is an excerpt from the email I
received from the bookseller about an hour ago:
"The song IS included in this book - Mary Queen of Scots is listed as
the author and that is how it appears in the index (though Rizzio's
name appears on the actual music)."
In the course of looking for the Teacher's Edition of this book, I
found several copies of the Student's Edition. If by any chance, a
copy of that edition (with voice parts and words only) is also of
interest to you, here is a link to online listings of this edition on
Abebooks.com: Title Search
I have been at this project so long that I have forgotten some of the
details, but I began with a round of Google searches looking for the
name of the Rizzio song that you remembered. While these searches led
to some fascinating information about David Rizzio (also known as
"Riccio"), information about his musical output was very scarce and
inconclusive. (It was especially interesting to discover that he was
the subject (and the title character) of an opera by Mary Carr Moore
and a cantata by Jules Massenet.
I then did lots of searching on online book sales websites for the
Concord Series in general. While there appears to have been many
volumes in the series, only a handful were represented in online used
book listings. I also checked the Library of Congress catalog and
various large university music libraries, and found the some of the
same titles represented.
I then chose the most promising three or four of the Concord Series
titles on the major online sellers' sites and used their "Ask the
Seller a Question" to email seller of these titles to see if any of
them contained the Rizzio song and any of the others you mentioned in
As the responses came in, I found that one of them (the "Concord
Junior Song and Chorus Book") appeared to contain at least some of the
songs, although some of the sellers couldn't find the Rizzio song.
However, when one of the sellers told me that David Rizzio was not
listed as a composer in the Index, but the song was in the book under
the title "Ah, for my Peaceful Prime," I concluded that this book was
indeed the one you wanted.
Unfortunately, this process initially only led me to copies of the
Student's Edition, not the rarer Teacher's Edition."
Finally, I rechecked more thoroughly the website of Bookfinder.com,
one of the online compilers of used book offerings, and came across
the offering of the aptly named "Peaceful Valley Booksellers." I then
called and emailed the seller to confirm the contents and the
availability of the book.
After communicating with the very helpful seller, I am confident that
this is the book you are looking, and that you can conveniently order
it at the above-linked site. If anything remains unclear, please ask
for clarification before rating the answer.
Clarification of Answer by
10 Mar 2005 09:23 PST
As of yesterday, the bookseller with the volume you want (Peaceful
Valley Booksellers) says that they haven't received an order from you.
They have informally agreed to hold the book until Sunday, March 13,
but after that there is no guarantee that it will remain available.
Here, for your immediate reference, is the contact information for the bookseller:
Peaceful Valley Booksellers
11364 Links Drive
Reston, VA 20190
As noted in my answer, you can use the ordering page at the link I
provided there to order the book.