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I Sing Because (from Songs of Love)

Scored for: SATB & piano (optional bass & saxophone)
Level: Medium
Duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds

Other Info: Third movement of the choral suite Songs of Love commissioned by Elena Sharkova for the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale in 2012.

The haunting and yearning text is set with an aching melody which starts on upper voices and gradually builds to the whole choir.  The piece should be sung in as sustained way as possible, especially in the final four bars to give plenty of space for the piano ripples.

A recording of I Sing Because with piano accompaniment is available on The Call of Wisdom, on the Signum Classics label. It is also available on the album Footprints on the Tyalgum label with bass and sax.

I sing because you loved me once.
I sing when the sun shines,
when it rains and when it snows.
Because you held me in your arms one night.
I am as beautiful as a wide-open lily.
Because you looked at me once
and your soul was in your look
I fix my hair and wear perfume.

Because you admired me walking by
I saw my slender shadow move.
I was born into this world
because you loved me.
Now you are gone.
Because you loved me once,
I too can sweetly die.
So beautifully you loved me once.

 

Available to purchase from good music shops. I Sing Because is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

 

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Scored for: SATB & piano (optional bass & drums)
Level: Medium

 

 

Other Info:  In the Bleak Midwinter is included in the second in a set of innovative jazz arrangements of Three More Jazz Carols, originally created for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London. Other carols in this publication include We Three Kings and Personent  Hodie. Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material.

Instrumental parts:  Drum kit and bass guitar.

 

Other sets of carols arranged by Will Todd are also available.

Three Jazz Carols contains Away in a Manger, Once in Royal David’s City and Silent Night.
Two Extra Jazz Carols includes O Come All Ye Faithful and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.

The Jazz Carols Hark the Herald and I Saw Three Ships are also available as a separates.

Recordings of Will Todd’s Jazz carols are available on the Christmas in Blue album but St Martin-in-the-Fields

 

Available to purchase from good music shops. In the Bleak Midwinter is published by Boosey & Hawkes and available in the publication Three More Jazz Carols.

 

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Inside My Heart

Scored for: Youth Choir (with optional SATB) & Piano (or chamber orchestra)
Level: Medium
Duration: 6 minutes

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Jazz Missa Brevis

Scored for: SATB and piano (with optional jazz trio) or (jazz ensemble scoring)
Level: Easy
Duration: 13 minutes
Other Info: Written for Portsmouth Cathedral with funds from The Groves Legacy

Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis gives new life to the sung Latin Mass texts in an accessible, short setting which embraces a variety of jazz styles, from the swinging jazz waltz Kyrie to the up-beat Latin-groove Gloria. The smooth jazz ballad Sanctus, 7/8 Benedictus and soulful Agnus Dei complete this inspiring Mass setting. Underpinned by Todd’s characteristic jazz harmonies and melodic craftsmanship, it is suitable for performance both liturgically and as part of a concert by mixed choirs of all abilities. The work can be accompanied by piano alone (as written or extemporised), jazz trio (piano, bass and drums) or jazz ensemble (alto saxophone, 2 trumpets and jazz trio – parts available separately).

Composer’s note

In writing Jazz Missa Brevis for Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, I have aimed to create simple and lasting music that will work equally well in liturgy or in concert. Drawing on my own piano playing style, all of the movements began life as extended improvisations which I then honed and developed into the completed movements. I hope this ensures that there is a genuine jazz ‘heart’ to each of the sections. In the same way that I would in a jazz gig, I’ve made sure there is a contrast of rhythmic feels between the movements. I hope singers, musicians and conductors will enjoy performing this piece as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

 

Jazz Missa Brevis is now available on the release Passion Music and Jazz Missa Brevis on the Signum Classics label recorded by St Martins Voices and The Will Todd Ensemble.

Available to purchase from good music shops. Jazz Missa Brevis is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

 

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Jazz Missa Brevis (additional liturgical music)

Scored for: SATB and piano (with optional jazz trio) or (jazz ensemble scoring)
Level: Easy
Duration: 2 minutes

 

Other Info: Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis is often performed in a liturgical context.

Additional liturgical music is also published by Boosey and Hawkes.  It contains Gospel link music, the ‘Christ has died’ (from the Eucharistic Prayer) and a Final Amen, the latter two including chord symbols.

 

It can be purchased in downloadable format with a licence to print 30 copies.

 

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Let All Mortal Flesh

Scored for: SATB & jazz trio, alto sax and 2 trumpets
Level: Medium
Duration: 4 mins

Other Info: Will Todd’s jazz arrangement of the traditional Picardy French carol, with words by Gerard Moultrie (1829 – 1885) was commissioned by Andrew Earis for the BBC Radio 4 live broadcast of the Ascension Day service in 2016.

 

 

Let all mortal flesh keep silence
And with fear and trembling stand:
Ponder nothing earthly minded
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand
King of kings yet born of Mary
As of old on earth he stood
Lord of lords in human vesture
In the body and the blood
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heav’nly food
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way
As the Light of lights descendeth
From the realms of endless day
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away
At his feet the six winged seraph;
Cherubim with sleepless eye
Veil their faces to the presence
As with ceaseless voice they cry
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Lord most high


 

Tyalgum Press Publication
Vocal Score ISMN 9790570700943, Catalogue number TP700943
Full Score ISMN 9790570700950, Catalogue number TP9790570700950
Instrumental Parts ISMN 9790570700967, Catalogue number TP700967
Instrumental Parts: ASax, Tpt1, Tpt2, Drms, Pno, Bass

 

This work is in the process of being prepared for publication by Boosey and Hawkes. Please contact us for more information.

 

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Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles

Scored for: SATB, Mixed children’s choirs, piano, bass, drums, sax and percussion
Level: Medium
Duration: 25 minutes

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Lord For The Years

Scored for: Congregation, SATB Choir with piano, bass, drums, tenor sax and 2 trumpets
Level: Medium
Duration: 3 minutes

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Love (from Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles)

Scored for: SATB, mixed children’s choirs and piano
Level: Easy
Duration: 4 minutes

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