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from A Book of Merrie Riddles, 1631

Swansongs (1 & 2) were written for a group of young singers from the state of Louisiana chosen to sing in the 1999 Elementary Honor Choir of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2007 I was asked to be the composer for the fund raising composer auction for Chorus America, the organisation that promotes and helps the work of professional choirs in the United States. Paul Caldwell, a composer and the conductor of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago decided to try and secure the bid, and he formed a consortium of nineteen choirs from all over North America, plus one from Dunfermaline in Scotland that raised thirty thousand dollars for the organisation. I chose two poems, one by Christina Rossetti that celebrates a new found love, and I coupled this with ‘My love is like a red red rose’.

from notes by Bob Chilcott © 2008


Chilcott: Making waves
Studio Master: SIGCD142Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: [untitled]  A ship there drives upon the tide, that sails
Track 8 on SIGCD142 [2'05] Download only
No 2: [untitled]  My dress is silent when I tread the ground
Track 10 on SIGCD142 [2'15] Download only

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