The spacious firmament

The spacious firmament : Vocal score

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for SSAATTBB unaccompanied Setting the well-known text by Joseph Addison, The spacious firmament is a mysterious and powerful concert work. Bullard uses a variety of textures throughout the piece, from spacious, layered chords to extended melismatic passages, resulting in a unique and memorable choral work that will be welcomed by larger choirs.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 1mm | 60g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 019336946X
  • 9780193369467

About Alan Bullard

Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education, most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute, and is currently an examiner for ABRSM. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing, and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences; he has written for all kinds of choirs, with instrumental
works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is also a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. His major publications include the inspirational Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, Alan Bullard Carols, and Alan Bullard
Anthems, and the three cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel, and A Light in the Stable. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.
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Review quote

Commissioned in 1989 for the BBC Northern Singers in Manchester, this highly effective setting is more difficult than Locklair's. Although rooted in traditional harmonic language, the music divides words (and sometimes parts of words) between voice parts and uses note clusters. It is a very worthwhile piece, exploiting musically the contrasts between exuberant and gentle within the text. * Gordon Appleton, Church Music Quarterly, September 2011 * This four-minute anthem feels like a real showpiece without providing too arduous a challenge for the SSAATTBB forces. It is well within the range of well-conducted amateur chamber and student choirs, and makes a vivid and pleasingly varied picture of Joseph Addison's famous lyrice . . . this canny and effective piece is worth exploring. * James Weeks, Music Teacher, June 2011 *
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