Tuvayhun - Full Score
A moving and innovative work with a message of inclusion, trust, kindness, compassion, humanity, and mutual respect. The work is based on the beatitudes with new lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri. As part of its message to embrace our differences, this is a hybrid work with elements from classical, jazz, and world music.
- Voices: SATB or SSAA chorus, solo child soprano, solo alto, and solo baritone (and opt. solo parts for choristers)
- Duration: 80 minutes
- Instrumentation: Flute, hammered dulcimer/cimbalom, harp, percussion (2 players), and string orchestra
- Licensing: Kim André Arnesen Music
Our world is wounded. All around us we see the cracks. And yet the world is beautiful and blessed in so many ways. This work begins from the Beatitudes and responds
with new poetry that sheds light on who among us might be in need of blessing. These texts, ancient and new, are woven into a colorful tapestry of music inspired by a variety of traditions, highlighting the universality of the human experience. TUVAYHUN creates an opportunity for performers and listeners alike to inspire and be inspired, to be blessed, and be a blessing. Read the full program notes here: About Tuvayhun
Charles Anthony Silvestri
World premiere 27 & 28 April 2018 at Angel Orensanz Center, New York City by the Manhattan Girls Chorus, Michelle Oesterle, Artistic Director.
European premiere 31 March 2019 at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway by the Nidaros Cathedral Girl’s Choir, Anita Brevik, Artistic Director.
The instruments are chosen to create a distinctive soundscape and hybrid musical idiom by combining ancient world instruments with modern, western instruments. With a combination of different compositional styles, performance techniques, and improvisation, this contributes to a work that is genre dissolving and where different cultures and traditions meet.
The flute and the hammered dulcimer/cimbalom parts require improvisation, preferably by a musician with experience in jazz or folk music.
The hammered dulcimer/cimbalom can be performed by a pianist on a keyboard with samples if the instrument isn't available. The sample library should have a tremolo function.
The flutist can play any kind of (chromatic) flute, but preferably a flute with a world/ethnic quality. Also, traditional soprano, alto, and tenor recorders can be used, and the flutist can play in any desired octave throughout the work. The bass flute has a world music quality to it and was used at the world premiere. A concert flute can be used if no folk music flutes are available.
The percussion (2 players) consists of a combination of orchestral percussion (Large tam-tam, tubular bells, bell tree (or triangle), glockenspiel, and thunder sheet), and world percussion (darabuka, riq, frame drum without jingles, and Tibetan temple bowls. Similar instruments can be used depending on availability.
The baritone soloist (Jesus) can either be a classical singer or a folk/world music singer, while the alto can also be a jazz singer. The child soloist can be a girl or a boy, and the parts were written for singers aged 12-16.
A string section of about 16 players is recommended.
The world premiere and European premiere included choreography. This is not required for the performance but can substantiate the message of the texts and the work's dramaturgy. Any usage of choreography requires a special agreement with us.
Note: A dramatic performance license is required for any performances using choreography, dancing, stage action, etc. Request a license by filling out this form.
DELIVERY AND TERMS
The score is delivered in a digital PDF format as a portrait tabloid paper size (11 x 17"/280 x 432 mm), 140 pages (SATB)/128 pages (SSAA).
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Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber;
Holy angels guard thy bed;
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently falling on thy head.
See the kindly shepherds round him,
Telling wonders from the sky!
When they sought Him, there they found Him,
With his Virgin-Mother by.
See the lovely babe a-dressing;
Lovely infant, how He smiled!
When He wept, the mother's blessing
Soothed and hushed the holy child.
Mayst thou live to know and fear Him,
Trust and love Him all thy days;
Then go dwell forever near Him,
See His face, and sing His praise!