Bob Chilcott war born Plymouth England on April 9, 1955. He is a British choral composer, a conductor, and a singer. He is based in Oxfordshire England. As a child Chilcott sag in the Choir of King’s College and Cambridge. For Bob both as a bo and as a University student he conducted the voluntary Choral Society, which included a lot of other singers from other colleges and it even included women. He performed the famous piece Pie Jesu of Faure’s Requiem on the 1967 King’s College recording. In 1885 Bob Chilcott decided to join the King’s Singers. There he sang tenor for 12 years. In 1997 he became a composer and has been a composer ever since. Bob has composed many pieces such as “The Angry Planet” in 2012, “Salisbury Vesper” in 2009, “Requiem” in 2010, “st. john passion” in 2013. Salisbury Vesper was composed in 2009. I chose this song because it was performed by over 600 singers and players. Also because of the way this piece mixes in all the instrumental parts with the singers gave me goosebumps it was so good.The way the the sopranos and altos mix with the timpani and organ in the beginning was the coolest thing I have ever heard. To me Bob Chilcott was trying resemble a mystery. The way he has the instruments (horns, timpani, and organ especially) play makes me think there is something they are trying to hide or figure out. Towards the middle of the song when the sopranos start singing “halleluia Halleluia” makes me think as if they thought they figured out what the mystery was. Then towards the end when the men and girls sign (what almost sounds like they are singing at each other) makes me think they are fighting over the mystery. Until the end when the sopranos start to sing “Salisbury Vesper” and the battle that they were fighting is over. The piece Salisbury Vesper was written for Orchestra: 2 flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, 2 percussion, organ, lower toms, glock, bongos, crash and cymbals. For chamber choir, children choirs, and large division choirs. Choir: Bass, soprano 1 and 2, alto, tenor 1 and 2 (depending on what version you listen too). I listened to one that was STAB and one that was SSAATTBB. I personally really like what he did with this piece. The way he has everything blend together and how he has the instrumental parts switch with what the choir is singing is really well written. The tone that his piece has switches from fast to slow and back to fast. This piece can be both happy and sad, but the way I took this piece it is a sadder song that has happy parts pop up in it. It is an English song. Requiem from 2010 has now been performed in sixteen different countries. Personally this was the worst piece that I have listened to, but I wanted to write about it because of how it speeds up and slows down so fast.I did not like the way he had the men sound in this piece. Compared to the other pieces of his I listened to I was disappointed when I heard this one. The best part of this song is how his choir transitioned from slow to fast and back down to slow. Requiem is a slower song that also sounds sad that is not in english. The song Requiem is arranged in S & T solo, SATB, Orchestra/small ensemble. Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 trumpets, timpani. Small ensemble: flute, oboe, horn, timpani, organ. St. John Passion was composed in 2013 and is in english. St. John Passion is another slower piece that is very dramatic. It is written to retell the passionate story of St. John’s gospel. St. John passion is a very long piece that has many pieces to it. It is composed in SATB & soloists (soprano, tenor, 2 baritones), with organ/small ensemble. Orchestra: 2 trumpets, horn, 1 trombone, 1 timpani, and an organ. I chose to write about this song because it is a fairly famous piece of Chilcotts. It was premiered in Wells Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir that was conducted by Matthew Oens. The instrumental Parts that he added were very suddle on his piece and helped to make it as dramatic sounding as the piece is. Personally I thought this was going to be the dumbest thing I ever did, but after I started it I really didn’t mind learning about Bob Chilcott and how he became who he is and what his music sounds like. I really liked all the instrumental parts that he added to all of his music. The first piece that I wrote about Salisbury Vesper was by far my favorite piece of his that I listened to. It was the first piece of his that I had listened to and the way that he had the sopranos sound was just magical to me. I never would have thought of myself enjoying music like this but I really did. Bob Chilcott’s music was very inspiring to me in a way of he was able to have his pieces go from so slow to fast and back to slow, and how he was able to have the instruments sound with his singers voices. Surprisingly to me I would recommend listening to his music to others and I can see myself listening to his music again. Thank you for opening my eyes to something new that I never realized I would like.
August 25, 2019 0 Comments