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I never chorus in 40 individual voices 8 groups of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass 2010

words and music by david lang


I never words and music by david lang (after the text used by thomas tallis in his 40 voice motet spem in alium)

I never gave my hope to anyone but you I never gave my heart to anyone but you I never gave my love to anyone but you I never gave my self to anyone but you heaven and earth heaven and earth remember remember - how low I am

I never was commissioned by the Sage Gateshead the duration is about 9 minutes


I never

q = 112

always moving bring out the propulsive notes and hold everything else back begin very quiet and get more intense

soprano 1 alto 1

tenor 1

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  

baritone 1    bass 1 

  soprano 2 alto 2   tenor 2

baritone 2 bass 2

  

  

  soprano 3 alto 3   tenor 3

baritone 3 bass 3

  

  

  soprano 4 alto 4   tenor 4

baritone 4 bass 4

soprano 5 alto 5

tenor 5

baritone 5 bass 5

soprano 6 alto 6

tenor 6

baritone 6 bass 6

soprano 7 alto 7

tenor 7

baritone 7 bass 7

soprano 8 alto 8

tenor 8

baritone 8 bass 8

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words and music by david lang

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  s,a 1   140

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ver

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   s,a 1       189

I

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s,a 2

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s,a,5

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s,a 6

bar,b 6

s,a 7

bar,b 7

3

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t8

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  

 

div.

     

3

ne -ver ne -ver ne - ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver

I



a2

and

ne - ver

  

  

 

3



 

-

ven

-

 

ne

I

 

3

 

-

I



ne - ver

 

 

 

ver

   

ne -ver ne -ver ne - ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver

 

-

I

ne - ver

 

   

                   

  

t7

 

 

hea

 

t6



 

t5

 

ne

  s,a 4  t4

 

  

   

 

ne - ver

I

 

t3

I

I

s,a, 3

     

ne - ver

 

t2

ne - ver

  

I

ne - ver


37

 s,a 1   234

t1

bar,b 1

    I

  s,a 2    

ne - ver

 

   

 

hea

I

  

  

-

ne

-

  -

-

  

ven



bar,b, 2

s,a, 3

                     3 3 3 3  ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver 

   



- ven

t3

bar,b 3

s,a 4

s,a,5

s,a 6



bar,b 6

  

bar,b 7

bar,b 8

and

   ne - ver







earth

hea

3

3

3

 



hea

-

  -





ven

and









earth

hea









hea

-

  -



ven

and

 

-

 

  -

ver

 

hea

-

-

  

ven

-

-



ven

a2



 

hea

and

  

 

 -

hea

a2

  

 -

 



  



ven

  

and

and

-



3

ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver ne -ver



-

                   

ne

ven

hea

-



 

I

-





   

hea

 

earth

 

 





 s,a 8  t8



and

 

-

and





 s,a 7  t7



 

earth

  

t6

and

- ven

bar,b 5



   

t5



hea

ne - ver

  

t4

bar,b 4

 



a2

ne - ver

t2

ver



-


46

  s,a 1   277

ber

t1

bar,b 1

s,a 2

   

bar,b, 2

s,a, 3

 

re - mem -ber

3

3

3

   

 

ne

I

 

-

-

 

ver

re-mem -ber

  

             

     

 

 

3

re - mem -ber re -mem -ber re -mem -ber re -mem - ber re -mem -ber re -mem -ber re -mem -ber

am

t2

 

re - mem - ber

re-mem - ber

 

 

   

 



  

re - mem - ber



  

re - mem-ber

   

re -

am

am

t3

bar,b 3

s,a 4

 

 

    am

am

t4

bar,b 4

s,a,5

s,a 6

 

   

t5

bar,b 5

 

am

  

   

     

ber

bar,b 6

   

 s,a 7  

 bar,b 7    s,a 8   t8

bar,b 8

  

-

 

 

 



 

ver

re - mem - ber

   I

 

re

 

t7

re - mem - ber

 

t6

 

 



ne



-

 -



mem - ber

   

 

   

ver

re

  

 

 

-

mem

-

ber

re - mem - ber

       3

3

ber re -mem -ber re -mem -ber re -mem -ber

I

  

re -

      

re - mem -ber

     

  

ne

 

-

 

ver

 

 

   re

 

 

- mem - ber


55

  s,a 1    318

ber

t1

bar,b 1

s,a 2

bar,b, 2

s,a, 3

re

 

 

 

 

t2

I

 

 

ne

-

-

 

-

 

ver

s,a 4

 



 

 



s,a 6

  

re

 

re

 

  

re

 

re

s,a 7

bar,b 7

s,a 8

 

 -



-

 

-

mem

-

 -

-

 

re

re

-

mem

-

-

 

ver

 

 

 

  

  

re - mem - ber

ber

    





         

re

-

3

3

mem -ber re - mem -ber re - mem -ber re -mem-

ber

re

 

re - mem - ber





ber



- mem - ber

 

-

ber

mem



-

 

ber



mem

re - mem - ber

 

 

 

 

 -

 -



mem

-

ber

 

 

 

-

 





re - mem - ber

re

re - mem - ber

mem

 

ber



-

ber

re - mem - ber

 -





ber

mem

-

ber



re

mem - ber

 

  

re

 

t8

bar,b 8

re

-

mem

re - mem - ber



mem

                     3 3 3 3  mem -ber re - mem -ber re - mem -ber re -mem - ber re -mem -ber re - mem - ber re - mem -ber     

  

t7

-



mem - ber

bar,b 6

-

 

 







re

mem

ber

am



-

 

-

-

re - mem - ber

 





re

  

mem

 

 

ber

am

 

-

 

-

 



re

  

mem



am

 

-

-

 





 

  



am

   

t6

re

re

am

bar,b 5

 

 

  s,a,5   t5

re - mem - ber

am

bar,b 4

re - mem - ber

   

t4

- mem - ber

am

bar,b 3

  

   

t3

 

mem - ber

 

re - mem - ber


58

 s,a 1  331

t1

bar,b 1

s,a 2

bar,b, 2

s,a, 3

bar,b 3

s,a 4

  

   ber  

 

re - mem - ber

 3

 

 

 

   

 

t5

  bar,b 5   s,a 6

  

bar,b 6

s,a 7

      

  bar,b 7    

re

s,a 8

t8

bar,b 8

  

 

-



-

 

re





am

how

low

I

am

  



  



how

low

 

how

low

I

re

-

mem

-



how

ber

re

-



3

mem - ber

am



low

  I

am

how

low

I

am

how

low

 

how

low

I



how



I

  am



 

low

  I

am

how

low

I

am

 

am



 

  



  



  

  

 

 

am



 

   

ber

-

ber

 



I

 

  

mem

ber

  

  



 

-



I

 -

mem

mem - ber

low

-

-

how

-

-

 

mem

 

 

 

 

re - mem - ber

  -

 

 

t7

3

 

 

t6

 

  bar,b 4   s,a,5

re - mem - ber

  

t4

  

re

re

 

 

- mem - ber

  

t3





re

  

t2

re

 

 

  -

mem

-

ber


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