for SSA double choir, piano, and flute obbligato This is a lyrical and compelling upper-voice setting of Joseph Mary Plunkett's 'White waves on the water'. Chilcott expertly employs the double SSA forces, resulting in a colourful array of textures and vocal combinations, from unison to six parts. The voices are accompanied by a florid flute obbligato and a piano accompaniment.
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Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.Review:
The tonic minor take on the opening theme a little way in is a fun self-critique by Chilcott, in a piece that features an unapologetically cheesy chord structure. Some well-judged canonic writing for the second choir whips up a pleasing diatonic froth as a backdrop to the reprise, a fine musical portrait of rippling waves. * Thomas Lydon, Music Teacher, June 09 * White waves on the water is an upbeat, likeable setting and presents a good challenge for a choir of upper voices. This is harmonically easy on the ear, and the flute adds another dimension to the whole piece. * The Organ August 07 *
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