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.
Hear Will Todd giving a presentation introducing Passion Music.
A complete backing track and individual rehearsal tracks for the vocal parts are also available to download here
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?
A recording of Passion Music is available on the recording Passion Music and Jazz Missa Brevis on the Signum Classics label.
Vocal Score: ISBN 9780193523807
Available to purchase from good music shops. Passion Music is published by Oxford University Press.