Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)


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forMixed choir (SATB), piano [2 pianos, percussion]
Musical EditionsPiano reduction
Item no.775546
Author / ComposerBob Chilcott
Scope104 pages; 21.5 × 28 cm
Duration40 minutes
Release year2020
Publisher / ProducerOxford University Press
Producer No.9780193540439


Orchestration: 1 pno, or 2 pnos and perc (IV) (mar; tbells, tri, wdbl; tam-t, bongs; timp, hi-hat, tom-toms)

  • A musical portrayal of the human life cycle across thirteen movements, from 'Birth' to 'Adulthood' and 'Old Age'
  • Texts inspired by the poetry (translated) of North-American indigenous tribes
  • Tender solo melodies contrasted with glorious full choir moments
  • Rehearsal piano part also suitable for performance, forming 1-piano version
  • Upper-voices part available separately
  • Performance materials available on hire


  •  Introduction
  •  1. Beauty before me/We wait in the darkness (tutti choirs)
  •  Part 1: Birth
  •  2. Song for Bringing a Child into the World (tutti choirs)
  •  3. Newborn (SATB choir)
  •  Part 2: Childhood
  •  4. Yaqui Song (upper voices)
  •  5. A Child's Song (upper-voice solo)
  •  6. Give me strength (tutti choirs)
  •  Part 3: Lover
  •  7. Chinook Songs (tutti choirs)
  •  8. Over the Wave (SATB choir)
  •  Part 4: Adulthood 9. Summer Song (tutti choirs)
  •  Part 5: Middle age 10. O Great Spirit (SATB choir)
  •  Part 6: Old age 11. In the house made of dawn (tutti choirs)
  •  Part 7: Death 12. Farewell, my brother (upper-voice solo)
  •  13. The sun's beams are running out/We wait in the darkness (tutti choirs)
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