St John Passion
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St John Passion : Vocal score

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for SATB and soloists (soprano, tenor, and two baritones), with organ or small ensemble Chilcott's mighty setting of words from the Gospel of St John is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. As with Bach's great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, who provides a melodious narrative throughout the work, in arioso style. The words of Jesus and Pilate are performed by solo baritones. Within the narrative, the SATB chorus becomes a crowd or a group of soldiers, commenting on the story in short outbursts, although the larger role of the choir is to perform the four meditations and five hymns that support the story. For the meditations-two of which include soprano solos-Chilcott has selected English poems from the 13th to the early 17th centuries.The five well-known hymn texts are set to new, original melodies, which are also intended for performance by an audience or congregation.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 96 pages
  • 217 x 279 x 8mm | 294g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193397595
  • 9780193397590
  • 1,695,554

Table of contents

PART 1; PART 2; PART 3show more

Review quote

We have long known Chilcott as one of the most accessible of contemporary composers for choirs. Memorable melodies and lovely harmonisations seem to flow from his pen with ease. However, we haven't seen much of him as a dramatist, and it is that which we get an insight into here. His Passion setting is as direct and communicative as those of Bach, whose unignorable influence Chilcott nods to through having a tenor Evangelist and bass Christ ... At the heart of the Passion are four Meditations, setting older English poems. These are very beautiful, serving their meditative purpose perfectly ... I also found the hymns most moving and, as all hymns should be, eminently singable, with warm, lovely melodies and a spiritual resonance in line with their texts. The whole thing bears the stamp of a master craftsman. Simon Thompson, www.musicweb-international.com, March 2016 The music itself is direct and essentially simple in character. As the work unfolds you find various motifs or short phrases recurring. All of this engages the listener's attention ... When I reviewed the first performance of the St John Passion ... I expressed the view that this is a successful and most impressive piece in which the musical ideas are accessible and make a strong appeal to the listener and, I'm sure, to the performers. This compact work, tells the Passion story effectively yet directly and succinctly, and Chilcott's music is worthy of the subject. Returning to it now and having the opportunity for repeated listening while following in the score has in no way changed those initial opinions; rather they've been reinforced. This is an appealing, sincere and expertly crafted score and hearing it again in this very fine recording has moved me as much as that first performance. John Quinn, www.musicweb-international.com, March 2015 Chilcott's empathy with text and meaning are in evidence throughout, the musical and theatrical styles accessible and the composer's deeply humane responses to the crucifixion story moving. Chilcott's St John Passion will connect with audiences and performers. Philip Reed, Choir & Organ March 2015show more

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 worldwide.show more