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SATB & Piano

Duration

3.5 minutes

Year of Composition

2020

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Purchase

US: J.W. Pepper
UK: MusicRoom
World: Music Shop Europe
Digital: SheetMusicDirect

Note from Composer

Sing Gently is the newest work from Eric written especially for Virtual Choir 6.

Ten years ago we created the Virtual Choir with a simple question: is it possible to make beautiful music together, no matter how far apart we are? After multiple virtual choir projects featuring over 20,000 singers from 124 different countries, the answer is a resounding yes.

We continue the journey with a new piece I’ve written especially for the Virtual Choir during these challenging times, Sing Gently. Come join us and let us once again make beautiful music together.

– Eric Whitacre

The Text

May we sing together, always.
May our voice be soft.
May our singing be music for others
and may it keep others aloft.

Sing gently, always.
Sing gently as one.

May we stand together, always.
May our voice be strong.
May we hear the singing and
May we always sing along.

Sing gently, always.
Sing gently as one.

– Eric Whitacre

String Quartet & Piano

Duration

3.5 minutes

Year of Composition

2020

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Purchase

US: Hal Leonard

Note from Composer

Sing Gently is the newest work from Eric written especially for Virtual Choir 6.

Ten years ago we created the Virtual Choir with a simple question: is it possible to make beautiful music together, no matter how far apart we are? After multiple virtual choir projects featuring over 20,000 singers from 124 different countries, the answer is a resounding yes.

We continue the journey with a new piece I’ve written especially for the Virtual Choir during these challenging times, Sing Gently. Come join us and let us once again make beautiful music together.

– Eric Whitacre

The arrangement for String Quartet & Piano was originally written to soundtrack the Virtual Choir 6 credits.

Instrumentation

Violins x 2
Viola
Cello
Piano

Flex Band

Duration

3.5 minutes

Year of Composition

2020

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Purchase

US: Hal Leonard

Note from Composer

Arranged by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant

Ten years ago we created the Virtual Choir with a simple question: is it possible to make beautiful music together, no matter how far apart we are? After multiple virtual choir projects featuring over 20,000 singers from 124 different countries, the answer is a resounding yes.

For Virtual Choir 6, we continued with a new piece I wrote especially for the Virtual Choir during the pandemic, “Sing Gently”.

It’s amazing to think that the Virtual Choir started as a simple experiment some ten years ago. We have all known its special purpose over that decade – joining people from around the world through music – and it has brought us particular comfort this year.

All of which is the reason I am so excited to release this beautiful arrangement by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. My hope is that it will allow instrumentalists at all levels a chance to play it during these strange and difficult times.

Instrumentation

Part 1
Flute/Oboe
Bb Clarinet/Bb Trumpet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Violin

Part 2
Bb Clarinet/Bb Trumpet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Violin

Part 3
Bb Clarinet/Bb Trumpet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Eb Alto Clarinet
F Horn
Violin
Viola

Part 4
Bb Tenor Sax/Baritone T.C.
F Horn
Trombone
Cello/Bassoon/Trombone/Baritone B.C.

Part 5
Bb Bass Clarinet/Baritone T.C.
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cello/Bassoon/Trombone/Baritone B.C.
Tuba/String Bass

Vibraphone (optional)
Piano (mandatory but an audio track is available)