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The Novello Shakespeare Choral Collection

Song NameComposer
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter WindThomas Arne
Hymn For Shakespeare's BirthdayLennox Berkeley
Lo, Here, The Gentle LarkGary Carpenter
O, How Much MorePaul Crabtree
Four Rounds To Shakespeare TextsJohn Gardner
It Was A Lover And His LassMatthew Harris
Tell Me Where Is Fancy BredMatthew Harris
Who Is Silvia?Matthew Harris
RosemaryHellden, Daniel
If We Shadows Have OffendedBernard Hughed
Be Not AfeardJohn Joubert
Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?Libby Larsen
How Sweet The Moonlight SleepsHenry Leslie
Weary With Toil, I Haste Me To My BedPawel Lukaszewski
Ophelia's LamentPaul Mealor
Sigh No More, LadiesErnest Moeran
A Summer SonnetKevin Olson
Orpheus With His LuteSchuman, William
Light ThickensRichard Sisson
Fear No MoreStephen Sondheim
Fear No MoreJohn Tavener
Look In Thy GlassJohn Tavener
OrpheusJudith Weir
DaffodilsNancy Wertsch
O Mistress MineNancy Wertsch
Full Fathom FiveCharles Wood

Music played an enormous role in the works of William Shakespeare, while his own sonnets, poems and soliloquies have provided continuing inspiration for many composers through the years. The Novello Shakespeare Choral Collection, inspired by the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death in 2016, is an exciting anthology of choral works that are settings of Shakespeare's words. For choirs of all types and abilities, this collection has been edited by David Wordsworth so that all the pieces are fantastic both to sing and hear. The collection features some beautiful settings that have well and truly stood the test of time, such as Thomas Arne's Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind and Henry Leslie's How Sweet The Moonlight Sleeps. More recent settings from 20th century and contemporary composers include Ernest Moeran's Sigh No More, Ladies, Gary Carpenter's Lo, Here, The Gentle Lark and John Tavener's Fear No More and Look In Thy Glass. Not only this, the Shakespeare Choral Collection boasts several works that were specially commissioned, including John Joubert's Be Not Afeard, Richard Sisson's Light Thickens and Pawel Lukaszewki's Weary With Toil, I Haste Me To My Bed. Some pieces have never appeared before in print, such as those by Kevin Olsen, Bernard Hughes and John Gardner. These songs truly are a joy to perform, with some relatively simple arrangements that are purely fun to sing, while some more complex settings that will be thoroughly rewarding for choirs and audiences alike. The Novello Shakespeare Choral Collection is an essential anthology of stunning settings of beautiful words which will be performed and enjoyed for many years to come.

Item code: 3007B | Songbook | $19.95 add item to cart
Choral | SATB | 192 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10 | England
888680606572 | 1783056150 | 14043821

Music series: Novello Choral

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