Changes – A Nocturnal Cycle Op. 17

A nocturnal cycle for Soprano and Baritone soli, SATB chorus, optional children’s chorus and full orchestra.

Orchestration: 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tba, timp, 4 perc (tbells, glock, cym, sus cym, tri, gong, vib, w blk, SD, MD, TD, BD, tamb), pn, str

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Duration: 50 minutes

Commissioned by the National Federation of Music Societies, for the 1966 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.

First Performance: Noelle Barker, John Noble, Festival Chorus, Boys of Worcester Cathedral Choir, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christopher Robinson.

Part I, Sancte Thomas ora pro nobis

Interlude 1

Part II, No. 1 Prayer: The night is come

Part II, No. 2 Prayer: God be in my head, and in my understanding

Part II, No. 3 Prayer: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Part II, No. 4 Nurse’s Song: When voices of children are heard on the green

Interlude 2

Part III, No. 1 Bellman’s Song: Along the dark and silent night

Part III, No. 2 Epitaph: O mortal folk, you may behold and see

Part III, No. 3 Round: Hey nonny no!

Part III, No. 4 Wake all the dead

Part III, No. 5 Like to the lightning from the sky

Part IV, No. 1 The Door of Death

Part IV, No. 2 A New Year Carol