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Veni Coronaberis (SATB (no divisions), unaccompanied) (2015)


Hewitt Veni Coronaberis SATB SAMPLE score

 Veni Coronaberis_0002Text: English, late 15th century.

To Victoria Pirie.

Written for Roger Stacey and the South Petherton Combined Arts Choir.

Composed: April 10th 2015.

Duration: c. 2′

Score format = A4

File type = pdf file

No. of pages = 5

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Silent Night (SATB divisi, unaccompanied) (2015)

Dedicated to Laura Wright, with affection, on the occasion of her 50th birthday

Composed: August 2015

Duration: c. 6′

Text: Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848; trans. by John F. Young, 1820-1885 (v. 1, 2, 3) and anon. (v. 4)

Programme note:

‘Silent Night’ is an iconic Christmas melody, known to millions as a simple lullaby. However, the imagery of the text has prompted from me a more elaborate musical setting. My response is akin to those Renaissance paintings of the Nativity which do not portray the holy family as poor people in humble surroundings but rather as royal, rich in colour and opulent in manner. I have sought to capture a sense of calm but also of radiance, the music ringing out the joy of Christ’s birth. The original melody by Franz Gruber is not present throughout the piece but is hinted at in verses 1, 2 and then emerges complete in the third and fourth verses.

Mark Hewitt

Crewkerne, Somerset, August 2015

Sheet music available here:

Silent Night

Recorded on the Prima Facie label on the album ‘The Silver Stars At Play’, Kantos conducted by Elspeth Slorach

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Hebridean Spinning Song (SSAA, unaccompanied) (2015)

Hebridean Spinning Song SSAA SAMPLE SCORE

Dedicated to Eva and Tony Lambert. Written for Sheila Furse and the Summer Singers.

Duration c. 2′ 50″.

Programme note: I lived on the spectacular Isle of Skye for nearly ten years and was fortunate to have some amazing neighbours on the Waternish penninsular where I lived in a converted Telford church. Tony and Eva Lambert are such warm and generous friends who, at that time, were crofters, who produced wool which they dyed with natural dyes and then spun the wool to make wonderful knitted garments. It is with fond memories of evenings spent with many glasses of wine in front of the spitting logs on the fire and Eva twisting wool as we conversed, that I dedicate this wee piece to them.

Score format = A4

File type = pdf file

No. of pages = 9

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There is no rose (SSAATTBB, unaccompanied) (2014)

Hewitt There is No Rose (SSAATTBB) SAMPLE SCORE

Dedicated to Sylvia Junge.

Composed for Nigel Edwards and the Parnham Voices. 

Duration: c. 3′ 30″

Text: English Traditional, c. 1420

Programme note by the composer:

In this setting I have emphasised the gradual ‘opening’ of the petals of the rose from simplicity to more complex textures as the choir becomes richer in sonority and more ‘perfumed’ in its harmonic language. The final bringing together of the Latin tags to each verse bring the piece to a (hopefully) rapt and ‘visionary’ conclusion.

Mark Hewitt, December 2014, Crewkerne, Somerset.

Score format = A4

File type = pdf file

No. of pages = 11

Licence to print up to 20 copies £25.00 

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Ave Maria (SATB (no divisions), unaccompanied) (2015)

Composed March 27th-April 1st 2015. Dedicated to Jane Champion.

1st performance given by the Merbecke Choir, directed by Huw Morgan, December 5th 2015, Southwark Cathedral, London.

Duration: c. 2′ 45″

Programme note by the composer:

In this setting of the Ave Maria I have opted for a simple, yet mildly dissonant harmonic style. The general dynamic is very quiet apart from the climax ‘ora pro nobis’ (‘pray for us sinners’), which is a dissonant and impassioned plea to the Mother of God.

Mark Hewitt, April 2015

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