Salisbury Vespers

Bob Chilcott
Vocal score
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for chorus, chamber choir, and children's choir, or large divisi chorus, with orchestra and organ or brass ensemble and organ.
Showcasing Chilcott's exceptional talent for large-scale choral writing, Salisbury Vespers pays homage to this most ancient of services, combining settings of the traditional Vespers psalms with anonymous early texts and words from the Sarum Primer of 1516. Marian motets punctuate the psalm settings, and the work is concluded with a substantial setting of the Magnificat, using the plainsong melody from the same section in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.
With driving rhythms, passages of reflective contemplation, and expansive, powerful textures, this is sure to become a mainstay of the modern choral repertory for years to come. Written for large mixed choir, chamber choir, and children's choir, Salisbury Vespers could equally be performed by a large mixed choir, with the parts for chamber choir and children's choir being sung by smaller sections taken from within the large choir.
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  • Psalm 69 (70), v.2: Deus in adiutorium
  • Psalm 109 (110): Dixit Dominus
  • Motet: I sing of a mayden
  • Psalm112 (113): Laudate pueri
  • Motet: When to the temple Mary went
  • Psalm 121 (122): Laetatus sum
  • Motet: Lovely tearof lovely eye
  • Hymn: Vexilla Regis
  • Motet: Hail, Star of the sea most radiant
  • Magnificat anima mea
  • Et exultavit
  • Quia respexit
  • Quia fecit mihi magna
  • Et misericorida
  • Fecit potentiam
  • Deposuit potentes de sede
  • Esurientes implevit bonis
  • Suscepit Israel
  • Sicut locutus est
  • Gloria Patri
  • Sicut erat in principio

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193363953
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 104
Duration: 50 Mins
Publication Date: 07/05/2009
ISBN: 9780193363953
Format: 279x216
Voices: SATB
Force: Chorus, chamber choir, children's choir or large divisi chorus & orchestra & organ/brass ensemble & organ
Instrumentation: Orchestra: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, tba, timp, 2 perc, org (opt), str
Brass: 4 tpt, 2 hn (in F or Eb), 2 tbn (bass clef in C or treble clef in Bb), btbn, tba (bass clef in C or treble clef in Eb), 2 perc, timp, org
Percussion: BD, SD, tbells, glock, med. and low toms, tri, crotales, crash cym, bongos
Level of difficulty: C


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