The Voice of the Bard

The Voice of the Bard : Vocal score

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for SATB (with divisions) unaccompanied Using as its basis William Blake's eponymous poem from the Songs of Innocence and Experience, this work is largely celebratory in tone and employs a range of techniques and textures as a means of expression including glissandi, flowing melismatic passages, and exuberant homophonic sections. Commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year for 2006, Chantage and first performed by Chantage, directed by James Davey, at the British Composer Awards on 5 December 2007 in Glaziers Hall, more

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  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 210 x 297mm | 61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193361698
  • 9780193361690

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The Voice of the Bard, Gabriel Jackson's corruscatingly beautiful Blake setting for SATB, stands as musically the finest and technically the most demainding of these pieces. The mighty opening statement in unison octaves evokes both the mellifluous derring-do of the early Tudor polyphony and ancient cantorial singing. The choral passage's soloistic virtuosity gives way to a sublime reflection on the bard's prophetic vision of innocence and experience, in which choir and four solo voices intertwine. Jackson's visionary soundscape encompasses everything from the ecstatic to the transcendent. The Voice of the Bard deserves to be nurtured and savoured by all accomplished chamber choirs. * Andrew Stewart, Choir & Organ, September 2010 *show more

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 more