|Instruments||soprano, tenor, chorus and symphony orchestra|
A new choral work which could be described as a sort of Requiem, but with texts drawn from both sacred and secular sources.
The title No Sadness of Farewell is taken from the first movement, Crossing the Bar. As we take our leave from our loved ones there is inevitably sadness, but it can be lightened by remembering a life well lived, as well as by the hope that they now 'rest from their labours'.
There are five movements:
1. Crossing the Bar - a setting of Tennyson's famous poem in which he looks forward to death as the last voyage.
2. Requiem - Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, in contrast to Tennyson's, sees death as a homecoming.
3. Let us now praise famous men - words from the Apochryphal book of Ecclesiasticus, celebrating the deeds of the departed.
4. I heard a voice from heaven - a text from Revelation which is used in the burial service from the Book of Common Prayer.
5. In Paradisum - the liturgical Latin text often included in traditional settings of the Requiem Mass.
A vocal score for rehearsal purposes is also available from tutti.co.uk.
The work lasts approximately 25 minutes.
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