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When Peace Might Come (TTBB a cappella)

Year of composition
Philip R Buttall
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

The music was originally written in 1969, for my mother who sang the soprano line, together with her friend, Thea Tagget, contralto, who were both principals with the Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Fellowship. The poem I initially set was by a leading English poet, but I have had occasion to substitute my own text, which isn’t nearly as good, but to which I do own the copyright! In fact it was an interesting exercise to add text to a given melody, rather than the other way round, which is the usual order of things.

Recently I received an email from David Saslav, who asked whether the duet might be re-arranged for other voice combinations, especially male voice choir, as David sings in Musaic, see photo - a TTBB Chamber Choir in the San Francisco Bay Area. David has his own most interesting website where, amongst other things, he includes some of his own compositions.

I have since made an arrangement for TTBB, but unfortunately overlooked the fact that Musaic is an a cappella ensemble. David has now pointed this out to me, and suggested that, with a little tweaking, here and there, the piano could be dispensed with, and this is what I have now done, with this special a cappella version. There are a number of changes from the earlier TTBB version with piano, so I’ve decided to leave that on the website as well.

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