Evening Prayer

SATB, tenor sax*, piano
Lyrics: St. Augustine
Language: English
Duration: 6:00

 

* Alternatives to tenor sax part (soprano sax/trumpet/flugelhorn and alto sax) available for free download at olagjeilo.com/eveningprayer

 

Watch, O Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge
over those who sleep.

 

Tend your sick ones,
O Lord Jesus Christ;
rest your weary ones;
bless your dying ones;
soothe your suffering ones;
pity your afflicted ones;
shield your joyous ones;
and all for your love’s sake.

Amen.

 
 

Evening Prayer from 2010 was my first choral work incorporating instrumental improvisation, with solo improv passages for the tenor sax and accompanimental improvisation for the piano (though we have also written down an accompaniment here for greater accessibility). It was the final piece written for the Phoenix Chorale during my 2009-2010 residency with them, and it sprung out from the desire to write a choral work incorporating saxophone improvisation.

 

Having grown up with my father being a good amateur saxophonist, and more recently collaborating with Phoenix-based Ted Belledin, doing entire sax/piano duo concerts together that are completely unplanned and improvised, I wanted to find a way to combine our playing with the Chorale.

 

Phoenix Chorale’s benchmark recording of the work, which is the final track of their Northern Lights album (Chandos, 2012), is also available on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.