"Cherry Ripe" as we now know it started out as a poem by Robert Herrick (1591–1674) though there may have been earlier versions. Some time later music was composed for it by Charles Edward Horn (1786–1849) and the resulting song became very popular in a number of contexts. It sounds very much like a street seller's song (like the Irish song "Molly Malone") and one of its earliest uses was in the Play called "Paul Pry" launched in 1825, where it was first sung by the actress and opera singer Madame Vestris. Due to its widespread popularity it essentially became a traditional folk song and it's easy to imagine it being performed in a Music Hall setting. It has been used in a number of films including "Victor Victoria" where it was sung by Julie Andrews.
The sheet music presented below is the Piano/Vocal version. The vocal part is technically for Soprano, but it can be sung by many singers in the Alto/Contralto range if they can comfortably reach high G. The corresponding midi and mp3 files use an Oboe in place of the voice. We have also included an Instrumental score removing the lyrics so it can be more easily performed by oboe and piano, though other suitable instruments can also play the melody. The various sheet music and audio downloads can be accessed using the links in the left-hand menu. You might also want to check out our arrangement of Cherry Ripe for piano solo.
Here is a video of Cherry Ripe:
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The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Cherry Ripe in PDF format.