Songs Of Renewal Choral Suite

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Level: Challenging
Duration: 13 mins

Other Info: Will Todd’s Songs of Renewal, commissioned by Benjamin Goodson and Bath Camerata in 2018, is a choral suite in three movements. Reflecting the composer’s interests in jazz, the opening movement, ostensibly a quasi-improvisation, is essentially a set of variations on the words “me renovare” (‘renew me’) in E minor. The central slow movement is a setting of the poem Return Again by Andrew Motion, words written for the 2007-08 St Martin-in-the-Fields arts programme in London. Motion’s theme of rebirth becomes the mesmeric refrain (“Fare well, return again”) in which the text is chanted repeatedly in the manner of a mantra. The last movement, Chorale, again uses words by the composer in a largely stanzaic structure in which nature’s renewal is paralleled with that of human spiritual transformation symbolised by the serene tranquillity of the conclusion.

Recorded by Bath Camerata on the album Songs of Renewal for SOMM recordings (SOMMCD 0195)

  1. Me Renovare (Renew Me) (3:57)
  2. Return Again (5:30)
  3. Chorale (3:23)

 

SONGS OF RENEWAL lyrics by Will Todd and Andrew Motion

ME RENOVARE by Will Todd (b.1970)
Me Renovare
Renew Me

RETURN AGAIN by Andrew Motion (b.1952)
Your stepping inwards from the air to earth
Winds round itself to meet the open sky
So vanishing becomes a second birth.
Fare well. Return. Fare well. Return again.
Here home and elsewhere share one mystery.
Here love and conscience sing the same refrain.
Here time leaps up. And strikes eternity.         

CHORALE by Will Todd (b.1970)
Renew me in the sunlight.
Renew me in the blossom tree.
Renew me in the rainfall.
Renew me in the child born.
Transform me.
Let me bring light.
Renew me in others.
Renew me when I take your hand.
Renew me in loving.
Renew me in forgiving.
Transform me.
Let me bring light.  
And in the moment I forgive,
I am transformed.
I am renewed.
Renew me in hoping.
Renew me in comforting.
Renew me in reaching.
Renew me in listening.
Transform me.
Let me bring light.

 

 

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Vocal Score ISMN 9790570701117, Catalogue number TP701117

 

 

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