Make We Merry

De (compozitor) David Bednall
en Limba Engleză Sheet music – 07 May 2019
for SSAA and organ, and optional brass ensemble and timpani Commissioned by Benenden School, Make We Merry is an eight-movement piece which sets texts from the 15th to 19th centuries to a variety of choral textures with a highly characterful accompaniment. A vast array of sentiments is depicted, from quiet expectance and gentle wonder to boisterous jubilation, and the different movements provide a wonderfully paced journey through these moods. The final movement brings back motifs from the opening and grows to a thrillingly climactic ending tothis exciting Christmas concert work.
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ISBN-13: 9780193526532
ISBN-10: 0193526530
Pagini: 40
Dimensiuni: 218 x 279 x 4 mm
Greutate: 0.16 kg
Ediția: SSAA vocal score
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Bednall has composed an upper-voice carol-sequence that manages not to make you miss the tenors and basses, but rather to enjoy the tinselled timbre of the sopranos and altos. The sixth movement, 'Sweet was the song' . . . is an obvious stand-alone movement [available separately from OUP]. More than that, apart from being a very pleasing ballad, it is primarily a unison song. At the other end of the scale of difficulty, the movement that follows is for fourunaccompanied voices and is a compelling setting of Robert Herrick's poem 'The New Year's Gift' . . . I've long admired Bednall's fast music - not that he doesn't write good slow music; he really does. But there's a lot of quite slow choral music doing the rounds these days, and when somebody is able to writequick music for choirs, it's worth pouncing on . . . The final movement does what it should and will bring any sensible audience to its feet .

Notă biografică

David Bednall is one of the leading choral composers of his generation. He has an extensive freelance playing and conducting career, and is Organist of The University of Bristol, Sub-organist at Bristol Cathedral, and conducts The University Singers. He won prizes in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for FRCO, and has improvised on live radio, and performed extensively in the UK and abroad. He appeared as stunt-organist on 'Dr Who'. He is mostprominent as a composer, and recordings of his works have been extremely well received. A number of his works have been broadcast on radio, and he has been commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral, and The Queen's College, Oxford. His Stabat Mater was premiered in New York, and has been recorded, and his 40-partmotet Lux orta est iust closed the Bristol Proms 2015.