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Judith Weir

Born: 1954. Living in: London, England.

Judith Weir was born into a Scottish family in 1954, but grew up near London. She was an oboe player, performing with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and studied composition with John Tavener during her schooldays. She went on to Cambridge University, where her composition teacher was Robin Holloway; and in 1975 attended summer school at Tanglewood, where she worked with Gunther Schuller. After this she spent several years working in schools and adult education in rural southern England; followed by a period based in Scotland, teaching at Glasgow University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Judith Weir : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis : SAATTBB : Songbook : 884088863647 : 1780386761 : 14041885

Judith Weir : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

This work was commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge, to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of the college. The Magnificat was first performed by Andrew Nethsingha and the Choir of St. John's College on October 30, 2011, and the Nunc Dimittis (as part of a complete performance) on February 5, 2012.

Songlist: Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis

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Voicing: SAATTBB | 2978b | Songbook | $3.50 | A Cappella


Judith Weir : The Big Picture : SATB : Songbook : 840126917826 : 00339935

Judith Weir : The Big Picture

The Big Picture was written to celebrate the completion of a major redevelopment and refurbishment to Aberdeen Art Gallery. Wishing to examine a subject important, in different ways, to both the visual arts and music, the composer decided to write about colour.

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Voicing: SATB | 9960b | Songbook | $11.95


Judith Weir : Day by Day : SSA : Songbook : 888680966430 : 00302003

Judith Weir : Day by Day

Day by Day was written for the Chamber Choir of Burntwood School and their conductor Debbie Lammin. It was first performed by them on 25th March 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of A Brighter Sound 2019, a concert presented by Wandsworth Schools' Music. Texts are by the Japanese poets, Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa, translated from The Essential Haiku by Robert Hass.

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Voicing: SSA | 9987b | Songbook | $4.75 | With Piano


Judith Weir : Sonnet 116 : Voice and Piano : Songbook : 888680968960 : 00303719

Judith Weir : Sonnet 116

A short setting of Shakespeare's sonnet 116, Let me not to the marriage of true minds, for baritone and piano, first performed in Smithfield in July 2017.

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Voicing: Voice and Piano | 10863b | Songbook | $7.95


Judith Weir : The Sleeping-Mat Ballad : Solo : Songbook : 196288020950 : 1705153658 : 00382771

Judith Weir : The Sleeping-Mat Ballad

Commissioned in 2014 by Welsh National Opera, Ffilm Cymru Wales and The Space as part of WMO's Occupation: Five songs that shook the world, directed by Margaret Constantas.

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Voicing: Solo | 10864b | Songbook | $6.95


Judith Weir : Ascending Into Heaven : SATB : Songbook : 884088457648 : 14002240

Judith Weir : Ascending Into Heaven

Scored for mixed voice choir SATB with organ accompaniment. Text by Hildebert of Lavardin (1056-1133), Bishop of Le Mans and Archbishop of Tours. Commissioned by the St Albans International Organ Festival 1983. Duration 7 minutes.

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Voicing: SATB | 10866b | Songbook | $9.95


Judith Weir : Vertue : SATB : Songbook : 888680888701 : 14034901

Judith Weir : Vertue

Three short choral settings of peoms by George Herbert, commissioned by The Spitalfields Festival in memory of Peter Lerwill, a generous supporter of the festival. The first performance of the set took place in June 2005 at Christ Church, Spitalfields, by The Cardinall's Musick with Andrew Carwood. The textures of Weir's settings range from the clarity of the Madrigal and Hymn to more complex writing with the choir splitting into as many as eight parts.

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Voicing: SATB | 10868b | Songbook | $4.95


Judith Weir : All the Ends of the Earth : SATB : Songbook : 884088812058 : 14035674

Judith Weir : All the Ends of the Earth

All The Ends Of The Earth is a choral motet written for a Europe-wide radio broadcast on Millennium Day 1st January, 2000. It is based on Perotin's organum Viderunt Omnes. Scored for S.A.T.B. chorus, percussion and harp.

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Voicing: SATB | 10869b | Songbook | $11.95


Judith Weir : Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above : SATB : Songbook : 884088485702 : 14035680

Judith Weir : Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above

This short setting of Rorate Coeli a text associated with the Matins service at Advent was written in 1983 and first performed by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, as part of the Advent Carol Service held every year in Trinity College Chapel. Arranged for mixed voice choir, SATB. Duration 2 minutes.

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Voicing: SATB | 10870b | Songbook | $2.50


Judith Weir : Songs From The Exotic : Solo : Songbook : 884088990985 : 0711923744 : 14035708

Judith Weir : Songs From The Exotic

Songs from the Exotic were commissioned by Josephine Nendick, who gave the first performance with Michael Finnissy on 7th October 1987 in Cambridge. These four songs were inspired by folk traditions of Serbia, Spain and Scotland. In each case the text comes from a folksong source but the music is entirely invented. The duration is approximately 10 minutes.

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Voicing: Solo | 10871b | Songbook | $17.50


Judith Weir : Good Morning, Midnight : Solo : Songbook : 888680606596 : 14043811

Judith Weir : Good Morning, Midnight

This work takes its name from a poem by Emily Dickinson and includes 5 verses by different poets. Composed for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble.

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Voicing: Solo | 10992b | Songbook | $22.95


Judith Weir : The True Light : SATB : Songbook : 888680934132 : 00293278

Judith Weir : The True Light

This work for mixed voices and organ setting text from the First Epistle of St John and Psalm 107 was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for a Service to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, held in Westminster Abbey on 11th November 2018, and first performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey with Peter Holder (organ) conducted by James O'Donnell.

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Voicing: SATB | 70711b | Songbook | $4.75


Individual Folios

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A Wreath : SAATBB : Judith Weir : Songbook : 00427583 : 196288062806 : 1705162630

Judith Weir : A Wreathnew

Commissioned in memory of Edmund Bridges for the choir of Eton College, and in Oxford for the choirs of Magdalen College, and Christ Church Cathedral. First performed by an ad hoc choir conducted by Anna Lapwood at St John's Church, Berwick St John, Wiltshire on 21 July 2021 and subsequently by the choirs of Magdalen College, Oxford on 31 October, Eton College Chapel on 5 November and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on 19 November 2021. Based on the poem by George Herbert.

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Voicing: SAATBB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00427583


Ave Maris Stella : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 00334666 : 840126910025 : 1705147550

Judith Weir : Ave Maris Stellanew

Commissioned for Malcom Munro and the Choir of St. Mary the Virign, Dover, in loving memory of John Yarrow.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
00334666


One Day to Sing : SSAATTBB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 00427582 : 196288062790 : 1705162622

Judith Weir : One Day to Singnew

This setting of Christina Rossetti's poem Then Shall Ye Shout for unaccompanied double choir was commissioned by Help Musicians UK for its annual St Cecilia's Festival service and first performed by the Choirs of St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral on 17 November 2021. Rossetti's text describes singers biding their time and staying silent until the moment they are able to come together again and sing, loudly and with passion. The piece commemorates the period in 2020 during which musicians were unable to perform due to lockdowns caused by the global pandemic.

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00427582


Ave Regina Caelorum : SSATBB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14043330 : 888680046880

Judith Weir : Ave Regina Caelorum

This piece was commissioned by Merton College, Oxford as part of the Merton Choirbook, a collection of music being assembled to celebrate Merton College's 750th anniversary in 2014.

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Voicing: SSATBB | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14043330


His Mercy Endureth For Ever : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14047802 : 888680642884

Judith Weir : His Mercy Endureth For Ever

This work by Judith Weir for SAATTBB chorus and organ accompaniment was commissioned by Her Majesty's Government and the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. It was first performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey at a service of thanksgiving held in Westminster Abbey, marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.50 |
14047802


Holy Innocents : SS : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14048169 : 888680671051

Judith Weir : Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents is a work by Judith Weir for 2-part Soprano Chorus and Organ Accompaniment. Commissioned to mark the 20th Anniversary of St Albans Abbey Girls Choir, the piece sets a poem by Christina Rossetti and lasts around 3 and a half minutes.

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Voicing: SS | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14048169


I Love All Beauteous Things : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14048029 : 888680651626 : 1785583441

Judith Weir : I Love All Beauteous Things

Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir, has been commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral in London to write a piece for SATB choir and organ in celebration of HM The Queen's 90th birthday in 2016. The piece is now available from Chester Music, so that choirs all over the world can enjoy this accessible and festive work.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14048029


Illuminare, Jerusalem : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14015937 : 884088485214

Judith Weir : Illuminare, Jerusalem

Carol for SATB and organ, written for the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14015937


Leaf from Leaf Christ Knows : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14048301 : 888680687823

Judith Weir : Leaf from Leaf Christ Knows

Judith Weir's Leaf From Leaf Christ Knows for SATB choir with organ accompaniment. Leaf From Leaf Christ Knows was commissioned by Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral. Its first performance took place during the festival 'New Music Wells 76-16' on Thursday 20th October 2016, where it was performed by the Choir of Wells Cathedral with James Kealey on Organ and Matthew Owens conducting.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14048301


Love Bade Me Welcome : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14035685 : 884088485689

Judith Weir : Love Bade Me Welcome

In 1994, for the 500th anniversary of the University of Aberdeen, Judith Weir wrote two settings of 17th century English verse and choir, entitles Two Human Hymns. In 1997, Weir arranged the first of these 'Hymns' - a setting of George Herbert's poem Love Bade Me Welcome - for a cappella choir of mixed voices (SSATBB). A piano accompaniment part is scored for rehearsal purposes.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
14035685


O Mercy Divine : SAATBB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 00293690 : 888680938116

Judith Weir : O Mercy Divine

Commissioned by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, to mark the centenary of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

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Voicing: SAATBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00293690


Praise Him with Trumpets : SATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14047936 : 888680643348

Judith Weir : Praise Him with Trumpets

Judith Weir's Praise Him with Trumpets, a work for 2 trumpets, SATB choir and organ was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces in collaboration with The Choral Foundation. The piece was composed for the Hampton Court Chapel Royal Choir in celebration of Hampton Court 500. A setting of text from Psalms 146 and 150, this work can also be performed without trumpets.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
14047936


Truly I Tell You : SSATB : Judith Weir : Sheet Music : 14043664 : 888680089955

Judith Weir : Truly I Tell You

Truly I Tell You is a setting of Psalms 8:4-10 and 34:1-4 and Mark 10:15. The thread that marries these three texts together is the comparison between man and the name of God, the literal exposition of the word of God (working beautifully within the context of such a brilliantly-composed piece of music), and the hopeful entering of God's kingdom in general.

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
14043664

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