Passion Music (Vocal Score)
Scored for: Female gospel soloist, SATB & jazz ensemble
Duration: 40 mins
Level: Moderately difficult.
Other Info: Passion Music continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so successfully blended in Will Todd's Mass in Blue. The structure highlights different points in the Passion story, beginning with a new setting of Greater Love Has No Man and including an evocative Stabat Mater, a movement focusing on the seven last words of Christ, and a setting of Were you there when they crucified my Lord?. While some sections are reflective, Todd also makes full use of his understanding of energetic jazz and gospel. The vocal soloist is given plenty of expressive freedom, singing both with the choir and independently to achieve the characteristic jazz-soul style. The seven-piece jazz accompaniment, which is presented in the vocal score as a piano reduction for rehearsal only, completes the ensemble.
The movements Stabat Mater and My Love Has Died For Me are available as separates published by OUP.
Orchestration: pno, bass, drum kit, sax (sop/alto - 1 player), tpt, tbn, timp/perc
1 Greater love has no man
2 I give you a new commandment
3 There is a green hill far away
4 My song is love unknown
5 Stabat Mater
6 Seven last words
7 My love has died for me
8 Do not stand at my grave and weep
9 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
If you’re interested in performing Passion Music, the vocal score and / or parts are available for hire from Oxford University Press. Please contact them directly.