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Phillip Cooke: Invocation (Novello New Choral Series): Mixed Choir

Book Only | Mixed Choir
Composer Phillip Cooke
Publisher Novello and Co Ltd.
Instrumentation SATB Trumpet
Invocation was written for the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford and represents the culmination of the composer’s time as a research fellow at the college, when he worked closely with the choir.

Phillip had long been a devotee of Edward Thomas’s evocative poem, Adlestrop, with its dreamy pastoral feel invoking the very essence of a sultry English country afternoon. It seemed a natural choice to set, not least because it mentions the two counties in which he has spent the last seven years, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Phillip wanted the workfurther to emphasise the link with everything we might class as a stereotypical English country afternoon – cricket on the green, church bells, birdsong and warm beer – the mythical ‘middle-England’. His work in no way tries to depict this, rather to distil the feeling – it is a rhapsody on a theme of English country life, that men went to war to preserve, something very different from the more rugged landscape he grew up with in the Lake District.

The work is called Invocation, because it is precisely that, a spell or charm, something that bewitches the listener and that the composer hopes stays long in the mind, rather like Adlestrop or indeed Adlestrop itself.

The Novello New Choral Series is an inspiring selection of new works from a range of contemporary composers, offering 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. This collection is perfect for choirs looking to broaden their repertoire and explore some of the best new music around.

Phillip Cooke was born in Cumbria in 1980, spending his formative years there. He has had works played across the country by many of the country’s top choirs and ensembles. New works in 2011 were featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, John Armitage Memorial Concert Series, Choir
Series Novello New Choral Series
Product Format Vocal Score
Product Type Sheet Music
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
ISBN 9781780382074
Edition Number NOV292204
Catalog No. MUSNOV292204
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