The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

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for SATB (with divisions), S. and T. solos, and 10 players Commissioned by Merton College, Oxford, this hour-long work for soloists, choir, and 10 players is divided into seven movements, beginning with Palm Sunday. Jackson's setting takes material from each of the four Gospel narratives, interspersed with Latin hymns and English texts by poets associated with Merton College over the centuries including Edmund Blunden and T. S. Eliot. The vocal score includes a piano reduction for rehearsal purposes.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 152 pages
  • 210 x 295 x 10mm | 418g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193404230
  • 9780193404236

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The vocal lines are challenging, requiring accomplished singers able to negotiate both chromatic melodies and complex rhythms . . . The work is bold in both text and music, and it succeeds in its immediacy. The final section, setting the last portion of T. S. Eliot's Little Gidding, completes the work with sublime beauty. * Jason Overall, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, March 2015 * Gabriel Jackson is, of course, an already established composer and further performances in the UK of this recently published Passion will be richly deserved. It is a work that brilliantly provides an illuminating alternative to traditional Passion settings and should attract the attention of enterprising choirs willing to explore a contemporary and intelligently conceived score. * David Truslove,, April 2014 * I had access to the score and libretto in advance of the performance and I thought the libretto worked extremely well on paper. However, when heard in performance it works brilliantly . . . Jackson's music gripped me from start to finish. The scoring for the instrumental ensemble is expertly judged. The choice of instruments enables the composer to exploit a range of piquant colouring possibilities and the use of the instruments is often imaginatively spare and
always telling. There are moments of beauty . . . Both the choral writing and, even more so, the spare accompaniment displayed great economy of means but it was very powerful and effective . . . I was thrilled and moved by this score and the performance which it received . . . Jackson's score is important
and eloquent and I am impatient to hear it again. * John Quinn,, April 2014 * Jackson's music is gripping: often appropriately stark and graphic, there are also moments of great beauty, such as the soprano solo in the Anointing at Bethany sections . . . Eliot's words and Jackson's music combined to offer hope and a positive outlook. The music became ever more radiant, offering balm and reassurance after the events previously depicted . . . The standing ovation indicated that I was far from alone in being impressed and moved by this score. It's
an important, eloquent work and I'm impatient to hear it again. * John Quinne, Choir & Organ April 2014 *
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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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