Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing : SSA vocal score

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for SSA and piano A moving, traditional Irish blessing set to music of great simplicity and beauty. Chilcott perfectly captures the warmth and sincerity of the text, and weaves a memorable melody, which he clothes in rich more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 178 x 255 x 5mm | 21g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193432838
  • 9780193432833
  • 1,129,773

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

Bob Chilcott as an ex-member of and arranger for the King's Singers, knows how to write a good tune. This is most in evidence in two short anthems for upper voices - 'Irish Blessing' and 'Loving Shepherd' - both of which would admirably suit a children's choir of moderate ability. Church Times 12 October 2001 [Young singers] will also enjoy two settings by Bob Chilcott: a folksy 5/8 setting of 'Loving shepherd of thy sheep', which breaks into three parts and has a very effective ending, and 'Irish Blessing', here arranged for SSA, with its warm, lilting melody. * CMQ January 2001 * His music, possesses the winning combination of melodic beauty, harmonic attractiveness, imaginative textures and thematic development, which together form an immediately appealing style reaching across the age barrier in any choir. These are beautifully crafted, delightful little gems which will be enjoyed by everyone. Though three-part division is occasionally necessary, the parts are very singable, not hard, and will rapidly be learned. * Organists' Review August 2001 * The style is full of a charm and warmth that one has come to expect of Chilcott and there is no doubt that it will capture the hearts of singers and listeners alike. * Music Teacher March 2002 * These are worthy words and good theology, which claim the attention of many composers, so it is hardly surprising that Bob Chilcott, one of choral music's best and most prolific composers, has made his own excellent contribution with this three part SSA setting. Beginning in the upper voices, "with a gentle lilt", the music expresses quite admirably the message of the words . . . Structurally not difficult, this setting concludes in block harmony, and should not present any difficulties to choirs of average ability, while chjoirs of a higher standard will find this an asset to their repertoire. I am very happy to recommend it. * Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher March 2002 *show more