Under The Wide Sky
Under the Wide Sky is proving Guy’s most popular Choral work.
Lasting 25 minutes, it is a cycle of settings of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson (from Songs of Travel, A Child’s Garden of Verses and Garden Days) for Tenor Soloist, SATB Choir (with a few divisions) and Orchestra, or Piano Duet ,or Piano.
The orchestration is 2222 2000 and Strings.
The premiere was given by James Gilchrist (Tenor), Charlton Kings Choral Society and the Regency Sinfonia, under John Wright in 2009. You can hear this performance on:
Other choral societies have since enjoyed singing the piece with piano, and with piano duet accompaniment.
Also suitable for chamber choirs and youth choirs.
A large set of choral copies and the orchestral parts are available for hire.
The movements are:
- Let Beauty Awake/TenorSolo/Songs of Travel
- The Moon/Chorus/A Child’s Garden of Verses
- Autumn Fires/Chorus with Tenor/Garden Days
(incorporating Winter)/(Songs of Travel)
- Windy Nights/Chorus/A Child’s Garden of Verses
- The Unforgotten/Tenor Solo/Songs of Travel
- Ditty/Chorus/Songs of Travel
- Youth and Love/Chorus with Tenor/Songs of Travel
- Singing/Chorus/A Child’s Garden of Verses
(incorporating Happy Thought)/(A Child’s Garden of Verses)
- From a Railway Carriage/Chorus/A Child’s Garden of Verses
(incorporating Rain)/(A Child’s Garden of Verses)
- Armies in the Fire/Chorus with Tenor/A Child’s Garden of Verses
- The Infinite Shining Heavens/Tenor Solo/Songs of Travel
- Escape at Midnight/Chorus/A Child’s Garden of Verses
- Let Beauty Awake/Chorus with Tenor/Songs of Travel