Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer

A New Song

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The title derives from Psalm 40 verse 3:

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Other text in the work is by Meredith, R. L. Stevenson, Longfellow and Edward Shanks.  It was composed in 1999 and first performed on 5 May of that year at St. John’s, Smith Square with the London Choral Society [now The London Chorus] and the New London Orchestra conducted by the composer who writes:  ‘A New Song was written at the suggestion of amateur singer Tom Taylor who wanted me to write a choral piece which celebrated the older members of choral societies.  I chose to set verses from the Psalms which praise God through singing and I also found some wonderful poems to complement the Biblical text, among these being Longfellow’s little-known poem, The Singers, and ‘Before I was born, your love embraced me’ by the 11th century Solomon Ibn Gabirol.  The latter is a précis of Biblical texts and holds a central and pivotal place in the overall work.’