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Bob Chilcott Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

or SSA and piano Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a three-movement work by Bob Chilcott, exploring the concepts of reflecting on the past, living in the present, and not worrying about the future. The words, by Georgia Way, were written with children in mind, and are inspired by a translated Sanskrit text used in Chilcott's 1998 piece Look to this day!: 'Look to this day! For today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, every tomorrow a vision of hope'. Way's poems translate the idea of the Sanskrit text into a striking and contemporary message, bringing the energy and joy of youth to the fore.

or SSA and piano
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a three-movement work by Bob Chilcott, exploring the concepts of reflecting on the past, living in the present, and not worrying about the future. The words, by Georgia Way, were written with children in mind, and are inspired by a translated Sanskrit text used in Chilcott's 1998 piece Look to this day!: 'Look to this day! For today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, every tomorrow a vision of hope'. Way's poems translate the idea of the Sanskrit text into a striking and contemporary message, bringing the energy and joy of youth to the fore.

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Secular<br />

SSA <strong>and</strong> piano<br />

<strong>Yesterday</strong>, <strong>Today</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>Tomorrow</strong>


<strong>Yesterday</strong>, <strong>Today</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>Tomorrow</strong><br />

for online perusal only<br />

for SSA <strong>and</strong> piano<br />

vocal score


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© Oxford University Press 2023<br />

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<strong>and</strong> Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as the Composer of this Work<br />

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ISBN 978–0–19–356833–4<br />

Music <strong>and</strong> text origination by Katie Johnston<br />

Printed in Great Britain on acid-free paper by<br />

Halstan & Co. Ltd, Amersham, Bucks.<br />

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Contents<br />

1. <strong>Yesterday</strong> 5<br />

2. <strong>Today</strong> 12<br />

3. <strong>Tomorrow</strong> 19<br />

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Composer’s note<br />

In 1998 I wrote a piece for upper voices called Look to this day!, which included this inspiring Sanskrit<br />

text: ‘Look to this day! For today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, every tomorrow a<br />

vision of hope’. This text has stayed with me, <strong>and</strong> I suggested to the poet Georgia Way that she might use it<br />

as a starting point to write three texts for songs that express the past, the present, <strong>and</strong> the future. Georgia’s<br />

poems not only translate the idea of this text in a striking <strong>and</strong> contemporary way, but also bring the energy<br />

<strong>and</strong> joy of youth to the fore. <strong>Yesterday</strong>, <strong>Today</strong>, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Tomorrow</strong> was written for the 2023 Crescent City Choral<br />

Festival <strong>and</strong> commissioned by the New Orleans Children’s Chorus <strong>and</strong> their Director, Cheryl Dupont.<br />

Duration: c.10 minutes


Commissioned by the New Orleans Children’s Chorus <strong>and</strong> their Artistic Director, Cheryl Dupont,<br />

for the 2023 Crescent City Choral Festival<br />

<strong>Yesterday</strong>, <strong>Today</strong>, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Tomorrow</strong><br />

1. <strong>Yesterday</strong><br />

Georgia Way (b. 1992)<br />

BOB CHILCOTT<br />

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Music © Oxford University Press 2023. Text © Georgia Way. Reproduced by kind permission.<br />

Printed in Great Britain<br />

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MUSIC DEPARTMENT, GREAT CLARENDON STREET, OXFORD OX2 6DP<br />

The Moral Rights of the Composer have been asserted. Photocopying this copyright material is ILLEGAL.


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BC273<br />

This three-movement work explores the concepts of reflecting on the past, living<br />

in the present, <strong>and</strong> not worrying about the future. The writer Georgia Way has<br />

written the words with children in mind, inspired by a translated Sanskrit text<br />

used in <strong>Chilcott</strong>’s 1998 piece Look to this day!: ‘Look to this day! For today well<br />

lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, every tomorrow a vision of<br />

hope’. Way’s poems translate the idea of the Sanskrit text into a striking <strong>and</strong><br />

contemporary message, bringing the energy <strong>and</strong> joy of youth to the fore.<br />

has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a chorister <strong>and</strong><br />

then a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. Later, he sang <strong>and</strong> composed<br />

music for twelve years with the King’s Singers. His experiences with that group, his<br />

passionate commitment to young <strong>and</strong> amateur choirs, <strong>and</strong> his profound belief that<br />

music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time <strong>and</strong>, through<br />

proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.<br />

Have you tried?<br />

Furusato (ISBN 978–0–19–339082–9)<br />

Look to this day! (ISBN 978–0–19–343280–2)<br />

Songs my Heart has Taught Me (ISBN 978–0–19–356290–5)<br />

Times <strong>and</strong> Seasons (ISBN 978–0–19–353088–1)<br />

For more details about <strong>Bob</strong> <strong>Chilcott</strong> <strong>and</strong> his music, please contact<br />

Oxford University Press, Music Department.<br />

Cover image: © ADDICTIVE STOCK CREATIVES/Alamy Stock Photo<br />

ISBN 978-0-19-356833-4<br />

www.oup.com<br />

9 780193 568334

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