for soprano and tenor solo, SATB chorus, and ensemble Bob Chilcott's solemn yet uplifting Requiem sets words from the 'Missa pro defunctis' and the Book of Common Prayer giving a new slant on established texts. Requiem is an elegy for the modern day. The vocal scores are also available on hire.
Bob Chilcott (b.1955)
"Chilcott interpolates a setting of the familiar words from the Anglican Burial Service, 'Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts', prior to the final movement. Detached from its present context, this movement would make a useful independent anthem (neither of the soloists is involved) for a half-decent church choir. . .Chilcott's familiar harmonic and rhythmic fingerprints are much in evidence in this highly approachable and attractive piece. The choral writing is in four parts throughout (with very occasional additional parts) and is not difficult to master. The 7/8 Sanctus (3+2+2) might catch you out on a first read-through but it's an infectious scherzo movement that is guaranteed to be enjoyed by performers and audiences alike. With OUP's
beautifully produced vocal score, Chilcott's Requiem looks like a winner." - Philip Reed, Choir & Organ
"A major addition to the choral repertoire. This is not music for mourning...it is a work of meditation and reflection. Chilcott's Requiem is a major work, and should be heard." - Bob Briggs, Seen & Heard International Website
Introit and Kyrie
Thou knowest, Lord