Ane Sang of the Birth of Christ

Ane Sang of the Birth of Christ : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ Inspired by a 16th-century Scots text, Jackson has composed a memorable carol full of character and beauty. The choir is serenaded throughout by the organ, which imitates the haunting qualities of the bagpipes - full of ornamentation and extemporized flourishes. In contrast, the vocal lines are written with daring purity of the kind found in the earliest forms of melody. Choirs will relish this very special carol.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 12 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 1mm | 27g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193439069
  • 9780193439061

About Gabriel Jackson

Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral he studied composition at the Royal College of Music. Jackson's music has been commissioned, performed and broadcast worldwide, and his works have been presented at many festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Spitalfields, and the BBC Proms. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's cathedral and collegiate choirs, and his choral works in general
have been recorded by some of the world's leading choirs including Polyphony, The Vasari Singers, The State Choir of Latvia, and Merton College Choir, Oxford. He is currently the Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, who have premiered and broadcast a number of recent commissions. Over recent years
Jackson's music has been equally focussed on instrumental works. Commissions include works for organist Michael Bonaventure, Red Note Ensemble, and the Lunar Sax Quartet.
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Review quote

The tootling, filigree organ accompaniment is an especial delight. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, June 2004 * The original and captivating voice of Gabriel Jackson shines through all of his work, with his sparkling harmonies, sensitive word setting and rhythmic energy - and this is no exception. The slightly angular melody is nevertheless beautiful . . . Whilst there are moments of difficulty in the choral parts, they are well crafted, and after a little attention do not prove problematic . . . This piece is highly recommended! * David McKee, Church Music Quarterly September 05 * While not strictly a medieval carol text, the poetry nevertheless has the naive charm of earlier days, and this quality is beautifully captured in the music. I must admit to no prior knowledge of this composer, but as evinced by this and other scores sent, his work is impressive . . . Ane sang is superbly charming. Better, this charm moves us into a mysterious place of holiness, and we are captivated by it, wishing for more . . . As far as I am concerned,
Gabriel Jackson presents us with a new compositional voice, and it is worthy to be heard. * Monte Mason, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians Oct 05 (USA) *
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