To the Field of Stars

To the Field of Stars : Vocal score

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for SATB, percussion, and cello A work on the subject of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, To the Field of Stars features a variety of texts on the nature of travel and worship. Underpinned by evocative cello and percussion lines, Jackson's strong choral writing offers fragments of spoken lines and unexpected melodic twists, while a refrain recurs in a new musical guise after each movement. The piece reaches its climax in the sixth movement when quiet, freely repeated choral notes ring out against cello and crotales, creating a musical 'field of stars'. Mysterious and beautiful, this piece offers an immensely rewarding challenge for choirs. Percussion and cello parts are available on hire/rental.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 104 pages
  • 210 x 294 x 6mm | 288g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 019340981X
  • 9780193409811

Review quote

Jackson writes that he "didn't want to write a literal account of the journey, a series of postcards from the pilgrimage route a for that has already been done and done very well." Instead he has composed a work about "journeying in the wider sense a the physical, emotional and psychological struggle to reach a long-sought-after and life-changing goal" . . . I've been enormously impressed by To the Field of Stars. I admire greatly the thought that
has gone into the selection of the texts and the music itself is marvellous. This is an important, richly imagined work. * John Quinn, * I've heard a lot of Gabriel Jackson's choral music but I'm inclined to think that on two levels To the field of stars is the most fantastically imagined of all his pieces. In the first place the concept is brilliantly original . . . The text selection indicates a composer who is seriously well-read and who has the flair and skill to bring together these widely varied elements into a convincing whole. The second way in which To the field of stars is
fantastically imagined is in the music itself . . . He uses these resources to produce exciting music and an amazingly rich range of textures. The score constantly stimulates, intrigues and delights the listener's ear. * John Quinn, *
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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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