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The Modern Man I sing

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I have been composing since the age of fifteen, but it was not really until 1991, when I wrote The Modern Man I sing, that I gained the confidence to imagine that I could have a life where people would be interested in my compositions. Up until then, I had made a career firstly as a singer, and as an arranger and orchestrator for the BBC, and then as a member of the group The King’s Singers, for whom I arranged a good deal of music. At this time I bought a book of Walt Whitman poems and set the poem The runner, and in a fit of enthusiasm sent it to Karle Erickson, the conductor of the Gustavus Choir, one of the fine Lutheran college choirs in Minnesota, who then commissioned the rest of the set. They toured the piece, and made a fine recording, and suitably encouraged, I sent the score to several other people including John Rutter, who introduced me to Paul Keene, an editor at Oxford University Press, who then started to publish some of my pieces. This brought me into contact with the choral world at large, and I suddenly saw an energetic and committed world that I wanted to be a part of. In 1994 I wrote some pieces for the tenor Ben Heppner and Jean Ashworth Bartle’s Toronto Children’s Chorus, and after this I began to get offers of commissions, largely from children’s choirs and good amateur choirs.

from notes by Bob Chilcott © 2007


Chilcott: Man I sing & other choral works
SIGCD100Download only
Music of the Spheres
Studio Master: SIGCD904Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: The runner  On a flat road runs a well-train'd runner
Track 17 on SIGCD100 [2'35] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD904 [2'33] Download only
No 2: The last invocation  At the last, tenderly
Track 18 on SIGCD100 [2'51] Download only
Track 19 on SIGCD904 [2'50] Download only
No 3: One's-self I sing
Track 19 on SIGCD100 [2'08] Download only
Track 20 on SIGCD904 [2'14] Download only

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