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Music Text

Ps 81: 1-4 (Geneva Bible) (English, 16th century)

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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
Royal Festival Hall, London
The Bach Choir / David Hill
Composer's Notes

This short work was written as a "choral fanfare" for David Hill to mark the 140th anniversary of the Bach Choir. It is a setting of some joyful lines from Psalm 81, evoking musical instruments and especially the trumpet. I used to be a trumpeter myself and I try here to fuse the sound of the brassy fanfare into a purely choral sound, unaccompanied and full of extrovert and bold figures and passagework.

Reproduction Rights
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer.

Recommended Recording

The Elysian Singers/Sam Laughton
Signum SIGCD575

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