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Of Noblest Cities (Novello New Choral Series)

COMPOSER: Jeremy Thurlow
PUBLISHER: Novello and Co
PRODUCT TYPE: Choral Score
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Mixed Choir
Of Noblest Cities is intended for a choir of between 12 and about 40 voices, although it may also be given by just six singers, one to a part (SSATBB). The piece can be performed unaccompanied, if no suitableorgan is available, simply by leaving approximately two crotchet beats of silence between
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Specifications
Composer Jeremy Thurlow
Publisher Novello and Co
Instrumentation SATB and Organ
Product Type Choral Score
Instrument Group Mixed Choir
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9781780387857
Style Period Post 1901
Voicing SATB
Series Novello New Choral Series
No. MUSNOV293326
Description
Of Noblest Cities is intended for a choir of between 12 and about 40 voices, although it may also be given by just six singers, one to a part (SSATBB). The piece can be performed unaccompanied, if no suitableorgan is available, simply by leaving approximately two crotchet beats of silence between the end of the last note of one verse and the beginning of the next.

Underlying the melody is a simple rhythm which is sometimesexpanded or contracted. In the first verse the position of the main beats in this rhythm is made clear by the barlines. In the remaining verses, however, the barlines are only there to help the singers to keep together, andforconvenience in rehearsal: singers should observe their own strong beats, which fall in different places for each part, and not regard the barlines as indicating downbeats. A few of the strong beats which underlie individualparts and appear to be contradicted by the barlines are marked by the symbol / .

The words are a beautiful Victorian translation of a Latin hymn by Prudentius, which meditates on the story of the three wise men. Each verseis set to the same melody, in an increasingly rich counterpoint inspired by the wonderful sound of Tudor choral polyphony.

An inspiring selection of new works from a range of contemporary composers, the Novello New ChoralSeries offers pieces for all types of choirs, including sacred and secular works from simple, four-part settings to more expansive, yet accessible, repertoire in an exciting variety of styles.

JeremyThurlow is a composer, writer and pianist. His music has been described as ‘seductive, innovative, full of freshness’ by Henri Dutilleux. It has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, RolfHind, the BBC Singers, Endymion, Carmen Elektra, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Matthew Schellhorn and Sequitur (New York), among others. In 2007 he won the George Butterworth Award for new composition. As a musicologist he writes onFrench music in
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