A Garland Of Song contains ten pieces by Christopher Field, written expressly with the developing voice in mind, with simple vocal lines and supportive Piano accompaniments.
An inventive and accessible pizzicato work for the good beginner bassist looking for something a little different. The three contrasting movements remain in the orchestral register, with space for optional improvisation in the third piece. Ideal for any bassist who enjoyed Jazz Sonatine No.1 (RM097 Pizzicato Pieces Book 1) and enjoys playing in a jazzy and rhythmic style. A simple drum beat could be added for extra effect or simply enjoy the great music written with a minimum of fuss or effort. Effective in performance and certainly 'cool'. A great piece for study or recital and a pizzicato work which offers much for performer and audience alike. Enjoy....ABRSM Grade 4 (1st mvt) / Trinity-Guildhall Grade 5 (2nd mvt)2nd movement has been selected for Level 5 and 3rd movement for Level 6 by MTB Exams (www.mtbexams.com)
A Spotless Rose is dedicated to Sarah Poole and was written for a charity concert on Sunday 7 December 2014. The simple arpeggio accompaniment creates an atmospheric web above which the female choir, in three parts, can weave their melodic lines and is set to a most evocative and beautiful text. The accompaniment can be played by piano or harp and the carol is a simple and understated setting which the composer hopes will appeal to choirs and audiences alike.
Anna R. Matthews writes: 'Frederick Niven's poem tells the story of Christmas in 1914. On Christmas Day, a truce was spontaneously enacted by the two sides fighting in Flanders in World War One. This was five months into the war, which until this point many in Britain had confidently believed would be over by that time. When the two sides lay down their weapons in the name of humanity and met in the middle of no-man's-land, they would not have realised the bloodshed that was to come as the war dragged on for a further four years - a conflict so atrocious that it came to be known as 'the war to end all wars'.
Angelus ad Virginem describes the Annunciation, the biblical event in which the Angel Gabriel communicated with Mary about the forthcoming birth of Jesus. The tranquil music is intended to depict the angelic voice of Gabriel and the voice of Mary, through its chant-like nature and exotic, shifting harmonies.