Bob Chilcott Carols 1

Bob Chilcott Carols 1 : 9 carols for mixed voices

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for SATB accompanied and unaccompanied This collection assembles nine of the finest pieces from Chilcott's first ten years with OUP, including two new specially written pieces. Together, they offer a great range of styles and moods, and provide a moving narration of the Christmas story that will delight choirs and their audiences for years to come. The percussion part to accompany 'Where Riches is Everlastingly' is available separately, ISBN more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 72 pages
  • 170 x 248 x 8mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193532336
  • 9780193532335
  • 1,015,767

About Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music more

Review quote

All but two of these nine carols have been previously published (and are still available separately), but any choir that buys this collection for one or two pieces is likely to go on and sing them all: Chilcott writes the sort of music that it is difficult not to like. The book represents almost all the mixed-voice carols he has written over the past ten years. All are characterised by unerring craftsmanship, attractively mobile rhythms sometimes generating intriguing textures, simple tunes, and approachable harmonies - a gift to both choirs and audiences . . . Chilcott's version of the 'Coventry Carol' is a different matter. He preserves the traditional spare texture in the verse but alternates it with richer, faintly Warlock-like harmonies in the refrains. The result is a song that has not only an attractive surface but also a really distinct musical personality. * Peter Dale, Choir and Organ Nov 04 * The back cover blurb's description of the music as 'fresh, arrestingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted' is certainly on the mark. Chilcott is a gifted melodist, and his peculiarly touching brand of gentle sentimentality is deployed to good effect in several of the numbers . . . But these miscellaneous carols are, one presumes, not intended to be heard one after another - programmed individually, in the right context, they will almost unfailingly be effective . . . Perhaps the best number, however, is one of the simplest - 'The Shepherd's Carol', written for King's College Cambridge, a deceptively simple achievement in its unforced, affecting lyricism. None of the pieces in the volume makes great technical demands on either singers or accompanist; the settings are in the main SATB, with some modest splitting of parts. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, December 2004 * Permeating the whole volume is an approachability that explains Chilcott's popularity with choirs and audiences. The vocal writing displays a singer's understanding of what is possible (and grateful to sing), and never more so than in the several pieces written for youth choirs where the tenors, for example, are rarely asked to sing above F. * Christopher Field, Music Teacher, Feb 05 *show more

Table of contents

Christmas-tide ; For Him all Stars have Shone ; Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child ; Mid-winter ; Nova! nova! ; Remember, O thou man ; The Shepherd's Carol ; The Time of Snow ; Where Riches is Everlastinglyshow more