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Song of Innocence : for SATB choir, flute and strings

by Richard Charlton (1998)

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Performance by Worcester Chorus, Chris Shepard from the CD Blakesongs

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Blakesongs / Richard Charlton ; Worcester Chorus, directed by C. Shepard.

Version: This product features the SATB Choir with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 2219 [Available for loan]

Song of innocence


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Song of innocence : for SATB choir, flute & strings / by Richard Charlton.

Library shelf no. 782.5542/CHA 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Blakesongs comprises five songs for SATB choir based on selected poems of the mystical poet William Blake. Blake was a visionary and even today scholars debate the meaning of much of his work. These 5 songs are an attempt to delve into some of these mysteries and offer a new vision. The central theme is that of "innocence" and "wonder".

The first movement, Song of Innocence, was originally commissioned by Christopher Shepard for the combined Sydney Grammar/Ascham choirs. This was later expanded to four songs and then five. The premiere of movements four and five was in the Central Presbyterian Church New York 2004. The full cycle was first performed by the Worcester Chorus on June 3 2011 in the USA.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: SATB choir, flute, strings.

Dedication note: For Chris Shepard and the combined choirs of Ascham & Sydney Grammar

Commission note: Commissioned by Chris Shepard for Sydney Grammar School

First performance: 30 Apr 98. Sydney Grammar & Ascham School choirs at Sydney Grammar School

Texts are from William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Auguries of Innocence and the first book of Milton.


Performances of this work

20 Feb 16: "Forest and Vale" Concert, Calvary Episcopal Church, NJ, USA. Featuring Chris Shepard, Masterwork Chorus.

3 Jun 11: First Unitarian Church, Worcester, USA

3 Jun 11: First Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA USA. Featuring Worcester Chorus, Chris Shepard.

2004: Central Presbyterian Church New York

30 Apr 98: Sydney Grammar & Ascham School choirs at Sydney Grammar School

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