This is a powerfully evocative choral work for SATB double choir. The text by Paul Eluard (trans. Gilbert Bowen) invokes a simple and enduring picture of humanity through a series of vivid images: a loving couple with their child between them, a woman feeding her child, the sun binding the earth at midday. Combining a highly expressive melody with rich, sumptuous harmonies, Chilcott's setting captures the timeless quality of the words. This is beautiful, contemplative music which will be enjoyed by listeners and performers alike.
Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.