|Format||vocal score / Full Score|
|Instruments||chorus, violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, piano and timpani|
This beautiful oratorio, first performed in 2010, is subtitled 'Scenes from the early life of Christ'. In five scenes it tells the story of Jesus's early life, from the Annunciation and the Nativity to the moment when he is found in the Temple debating with the elders.
Because of the subject matter it might be particularly appropriate to perform this work at Christmas, or at Candlemas (February), or the feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day, 25 March). However, there is no reason why it should not be performed at any other time of the year; indeed, the composer has conducted performances in June and July and no-one complained!
The text, by Christopher Loveless, gives a new and poetic twist to familiar passages from the Gospels. The music is lyrical and accessible, full of drama and melody.
The work is scored for chorus and soloists with a chamber ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, timpani and piano (with an optional part for triangle).
There are solo parts for two sopranos, a mezzo-soprano, a tenor and a baritone, and a short (5-bar) passage for boy treble (playing the part of the boy Jesus).
Duration: approximately 60 minutes.
This full score can also be used as a vocal score, as the piano part is sufficient for rehearsal purposes.
The orchestral parts can be obtained separately as a download from tutti.co.uk.
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