Whither Thou Goest (2008, rev. 2018)

August 18th, 2018

www.phillipcooke.comWhither Thou Goest (2008, rev. 2018)

A setting of Ruth, Chapter 1 vs 16-17


SATB, Organ

fp. 30 May 2008; Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees, Queen’s College Chapel, Oxford, UK.

Commissioned by The Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford.

Whither Thou Goest (2008) (pdf)


Whither Thou Goest was written for the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford University during my time there as a Junior Research Fellow in 2008. The text was chosen by the departing provost, Sir Alan Budd and is taken from the Book of Ruth. My setting aims to be dramatic with the building of tension over the long polyphonic, chromatic sections. This tension is resolved with apocalyptic bursts from the organ and strident choral sections. The work ends much as it began, with distant solo voices and soft organ dissonances.


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