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Scored for: SATB & piano (optional bass & saxophone)
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.
I Sing Because from Songs Of Love is published by Boosey & Hawkes. It is available in printed format and also digital downloadable format.
Scored for: SATB & piano (optional bass & drums)
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.
Recordings of Will Todd’s Jazz carols are available on the Christmas in Blue album but St Martin-in-the-Fields
In the Bleak Midwinter is published by Boosey & Hawkes and available in the publication Three More Jazz Carols and is available in printed and digital downloadable format.
Scored for: Youth Choir (with optional SATB) & Piano (optional bass and drums)
Duration: 6 minutes
Scored for: SATB and piano (with optional jazz trio) or (jazz ensemble scoring)
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).
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.
Jazz Missa Brevis is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Scored for: SATB and piano (with optional jazz trio) or (jazz ensemble scoring)
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.
Jazz Missa Brevis (additional liturgical music) can be purchased in downloadable digital format with a licence to print 30 copies.
Scored for: SATB & jazz trio, alto sax and 2 trumpets
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.The setting of Let all mortal flesh keep silence is structured to gradually build layers over the moody piano chords and the pedal harmony. At the end the music builds to a large climax for ‘Lord most high’.
This piece is now published by Boosey & Hawkes in the collection Three Jazz Hymns with Come Down O Love Divine and God Is LoveThe hymns can be performed using the supplied piano part or embellished using the chord symbols above. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols, and parts for optional jazz ensemble are available here. Performers of these hymns should feel free to include the congregation or audience in imaginative ways.
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
Instrumental Parts: ASax, Tpt1, Tpt2, Drms, Pno, Bass
Three Jazz Hymns is published by Boosey and Hawkes in printed format. The instrumental parts are available in digital downloadable format here
Scored for: SATB, Mixed children’s choirs, piano, bass, drums, sax and percussion
Duration: 25 minutes
Other Info: Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles is a collaboration between composer Will Todd and one of the UK’s most celebrated children’s authors Michael Rosen. Commissioned by The Bach Choir, this work was premiered at Westminster Central Methodist Hall on 17 June 2016 and conducted by David Hill.
Michael Rosen describes this 25 minute cantata as:
“Echoes, memories, pictures and sounds of a city: and the words and music that spring from it all.”
This work has been recorded by The Bach Choir for the Signum label.
Watch Will Todd giving a presentation about writing for youth voices and introducing Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles with words by Michael Rosen.
Scored for: SATB, Youth Chamber Choir (up to 2 parts), Main Youth Choir (mainly unison – with occasional groupings), Drum Kit, Alto Sax, Percussion* [bass drum, tambourine, cymbals, suspended scaffolding bar, high drum, mark tree (chimes), tam tam, shaker], Bass and Piano.
* The extra percussion (other than drum kit) is played by 2 players for preference although most of it is possible with a single player
The movement Love is now published as a stand alone movement.
When ordering please select the sheet music format in the drop down menu below.
Music is available as a hard copy or a downloadable PDF with a license to make a single copy.
Vocal Score ISMN 9790570700578, Catalogue number TP700578
Full Score ISMN 9790570700585, Catalogue number TP700585
Instrumental Parts ISMN 9790570700592, Catalogue number TP700592
Instrumental parts: pno, bass, drm kit, sax, perc
Scored for: Congregation, SATB Choir with piano, bass, drums, tenor sax and 2 trumpets
Duration: 3 minutes
Scored for: SATB, mixed children’s choirs and piano
Duration: 4 minutes