Illuminations

Composer: Bob Chilcott

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B0369BCS

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Originally for Bass Trombone (or Tuba) and Piano, “Illuminations”was composed for Charles Vernon, Bass Trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. This significant addition to the repertoire is written in an accessible modern style. The musical language is sophisticated, yet appealing to general audiences. Illuminations is cast in 2 contrasting movements: The first, Reverie, is contemplative and lyrical. Beautiful, expansive melodic lines are woven into a gentle, almost mystical, musical fabric. The second movement, Urban Lights, is an energetic rondo that is strongly influenced by jazz, and in one section, funk music. “Thoughtful, tuneful, and rewarding to perform.” – ITA Journal
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Originally for Bass Trombone (or Tuba) and Piano, “Illuminations”was composed for Charles Vernon, Bass Trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. This significant addition to the repertoire is written in an accessible modern style. The musical language is sophisticated, yet appealing to general audiences. Illuminations is cast in 2 contrasting movements: The first, Reverie, is contemplative and lyrical. Beautiful, expansive melodic lines are woven into a gentle, almost mystical, musical fabric. The second movement, Urban Lights, is an energetic rondo that is strongly influenced by jazz, and in one section, funk music. “Thoughtful, tuneful, and rewarding to perform.” – ITA Journal
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About the Composer

Bob Chilcott, born on April 9, 1955, in Plymouth, England, is a contemporary British composer, conductor, and singer, celebrated for his extensive contributions to choral music. Chilcott’s musical journey began in his youth, singing as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge. Later, he became a member of the renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, where he sang tenor for twelve years and developed a deep understanding of vocal music. Chilcott’s compositions cover a wide range of choral music, including sacred and secular works, as well as pieces for children’s choirs. His music is characterized by its rich harmonies, rhythmic vitality, and expressive melodies. Chilcott often draws inspiration from folk music, jazz, and other diverse musical traditions, blending them with his classical training to create music that is both accessible and deeply moving. In addition to his work as a composer, Chilcott is also highly regarded as a conductor and workshop leader. He has conducted choirs and workshops around the world, sharing his passion for choral music with singers of all ages and abilities. Chilcott’s compositions have become staples in the repertoire of choirs worldwide, with works such as “A Little Jazz Mass,” “Five Days That Changed the World,” and “The Gift to Be Simple” being particularly popular. His music is celebrated for its beauty, craftsmanship, and ability to connect with audiences on a profound level. Throughout his career, Bob Chilcott has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to choral music, including several British Composer Awards. He continues to compose, conduct, and inspire singers and audiences alike with his remarkable talent and dedication to the art of choral music.

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