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
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
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