Song of Innocence : for SATB choir, flute and strings
by Richard Charlton (1998)
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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.
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.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
3 Jun 11: First Unitarian Church, Worcester, USA
2004: Central Presbyterian Church New York
30 Apr 98: Sydney Grammar & Ascham School choirs at Sydney Grammar School
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