Not Darkness but Twilight

SATB choir - timp.vib.tbells -
OR SATB choir - vib - 2pno

19 minutes
Text: Aneirin, R. S. Thomas (English)
Commissioned by BBC National Chorus of Wales. First performed 31/5/04 at St. David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire by BBC National Chorus of Wales conducted by Adrian Partington.


Not Darkness But Twilight is a choral piece setting words by R.S. Thomas.

The piece was first performed by the BBC National Chorus of Wales conducted by Adrian Partington at St David's Cathedral Festival in Pembrokeshire, Wales and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The work is around 20 minutes long and is scored for choir, organ, harp and percussion. The movements set words by R.S. Thomas, with the prelude setting words from Y Gododdin, the epic 7th century Welsh poem attributed to Aneirin)

1 - Prelude
2 - Relay
3 - Gone
4 - The River
5 - The Bright Field
6 - Shadows
7 - At The End

“...The Bright Field, in which a shaft of sunlight is seen as a manifestation of the divine, inspired a fluent and altogether more intense outpouring in what was essentially a heartfelt requiem for both Thomas and Hardy's own father, who died within months of each other.
... rich waves of sound in At the End.”

Rian Evans, The Guardian

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