Sailor’s Carol

for unaccompanied SATB choir

Richard Barnard

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Composer Richard Barnard
Year of Composition 2020
Duration ca.4'
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Catalogue ID ce-rb5sc1

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Text by Charles Causley.

This is a winter prayer, an anti-carol that leaves behind images of Christmas to find a timeless place of remembering and forgetting. The final verse references Causley’s experiences serving in the British Royal Navy.

In this setting, the music echoes the precise simplicity of the text. It uses familiar Renaissance-influenced counterpoint, modal melodies and folk inflections, but with an ambiguity and restlessness, like a star seen through tears, or the imperfections of glass, or the endless rolling of the sea.