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Accompanied choral works

Cradle Song

For soprano, alto, tenor and bass
Duration: 1 minutes
Year of composition: 1976
Published by Oxford University Press

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  •     Cradle Song

This is one of three Christmas carols that I wrote in 1976, each with a single line and keyboard accompaniment. In 1996 I re-set the music for SATB chorus.

I was very attracted by the devotional simplicity of these early anonymous words which create in effect a gentle lullaby. The carol is dedicated to my brother Julian.

© Michael Berkeley

Laus Deo Semper

For two sopranos, two altos or soprano, alto, tenor, bass and organ
Duration: 5 minutes
Published by Oxford University Press

Night song in the jungle

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Night song in the jungle

Published by Oxford University Press

For soprano, alto, tenor, bass and oboe
Duration: 6 minutes

This is an evocative setting of the Rudyard Kipling jungle poem 'Now Chil the kite brings home the night. Vocal score available and separate oboe part.

Stupendous Stranger

For four trumpets, horn, four trombones and tuba
Duration: 6 minutes
Published by Oxford University Press

Veni Emmanuel

For soprano, alto, tenor, bass, four trumpets, three trombones, tuba and organ
Duration: 6 minutes
Published by Oxford University Press

© Michael Berkeley

Verbum caro factum est

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Verbum caro factum est

Published by Oxford University Press

For solo baritone, soprano, alto, tenor, bass and organ
Duration: 15 minutes

With a text by G. M. Hopkins, this work is interspersed with frequent solo passages, initially for baritone (whose delicate solo opens the piece) but later for tenor, soprano, and alto soloists also. The polyphonic choral passages provide a balance to these frequent solos, to mesmerising effect.

We wait For thy loving kindness O God

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We wait For thy loving kindness O God

Published by Oxford University Press

For soprano, alto, tenor, bass and organ
Duration: 6 minutes