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Bob Chilcott This Day

This Day unites five very different texts, both sacred and secular, in an exploration of man's relationship with the world and with God. Opening with an optimistic F sharp major setting of Emily Dickinson's 'Bring me the sunset in a cup', the work progresses through the stages of a day (or, indeed, a life): 'Awake, my soul!' (Thomas Ken), 'This Day' (Jewish text, adapted Chilcott), 'The Bright Field' (R.S. Thomas), and 'O Lord, support us' (John Henry Newman). This is powerfully evocative music embracing a range of moods and styles, with moments of joyful optimism, spiritual enlightenment, and poignancy.

This Day unites five very different texts, both sacred and secular, in an exploration of man's relationship with the world and with God. Opening with an optimistic F sharp major setting of Emily Dickinson's 'Bring me the sunset in a cup', the work progresses through the stages of a day (or, indeed, a life): 'Awake, my soul!' (Thomas Ken), 'This Day' (Jewish text, adapted Chilcott), 'The Bright Field' (R.S. Thomas), and 'O Lord, support us' (John Henry Newman). This is powerfully evocative music embracing a range of moods and styles, with moments of joyful optimism, spiritual enlightenment, and poignancy.

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Composer’s note<br />

<strong>This</strong> is the fifth piece I have written for the Crescent City Choral Festival in the beautiful city of New<br />

Orleans, hosted by Cheryl Dupont and the New Orleans Children’s Chorus. They have hosted eight<br />

festivals, but in 2006, due to Hurricane Katrina, the festival was cancelled. The New Orleans Children’s<br />

Chorus and the festival survived only through Cheryl and the choir’s courage and the<br />

generosity of many friends and supporters in the choral community throughout the United States and<br />

elsewhere. I wrote this piece for the rebirth of the festival in 2007 on the theme of the day and all it<br />

brings: living every moment with energy and awareness.<br />

Duration: c.10 minutes<br />

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1. Bring me the sunset in a cup (Emily Dickinson) 2<br />

2. Awake, my soul! (Thomas Ken) 5<br />

3. <strong>This</strong> <strong>Day</strong> (Jewish text, adapted <strong>Chilcott</strong>) 8<br />

4. The Bright Field (R.S. Thomas) 12<br />

5. O Lord, support us (John Henry Newman) 15<br />

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BC106<br />

<strong>This</strong> <strong>Day</strong> unites five very different texts, both sacred and secular, in an exploration<br />

of man’s relationship with the world and with God. Opening with an optimistic F<br />

sharp major setting of Emily Dickinson’s ‘Bring me the sunset in a cup’, the work<br />

progresses through the stages of a day (or, indeed, a life): ‘Awake, my soul!’<br />

(Thomas Ken), ‘<strong>This</strong> <strong>Day</strong>’ (Jewish text, adapted by <strong>Chilcott</strong>), ‘The Bright Field’<br />

(R.S. Thomas), and ‘O Lord, support us’ (John Henry Newman). <strong>This</strong> is powerfully<br />

evocative music embracing a range of moods and styles, with moments of joyful<br />

optimism, spiritual enlightenment, and poignancy.<br />

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

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

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

group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound<br />

belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time<br />

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

Have you tried?<br />

Five Songs for Upper Voices<br />

Happy Land (BC65)<br />

A Little Jazz Mass (SSA) (BC76)<br />

White waves on the water (BC95)<br />

Butterfly’s Son (BC101)<br />

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

Oxford University Press, Music Department.<br />

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