Long Day Closes, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (arr. Philip Sparke)

General Info

Year: 1868 / 2007
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Male chorus
Publisher: Anglo Music, through De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €71.95   |   Score Only (print) - €12.62


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Tenor Part (div.)
Bass Part (div.)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) is best known for his collaboration with W.S. Gilbert on their famous operettas, he also wrote much instrumental, chamber and orchestral music, church anthems and around 20 secular part songs. One such song was The Long Day Closes which has remained in the popular repertoire of many male voice and mixed choirs. The melody is a combination of hushed hymn-like reverence and emotional intensity, which provides to express dynamics, ensemble, intonation and balance in a chorale style.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

The Long Day Closes is a part song with lyrics by Henry Fothergill Chorley and music by Arthur Sullivan, published in 1868. This song is one of seven part songs that Sullivan published that year, and it became Sullivan's best-known part song. Sullivan wrote most of his 20 part songs prior to the beginning of his long collaboration with W. S. Gilbert.

The term "part song" is used here to mean a song written for several vocal parts, usually with the highest part carrying the melody and the other voices supplying accompanying harmonies, rather than one which is contrapuntal like a madrigal.

The plaintive harmonies of The Long Day Closes and the text's touching meditation on death have made the song a frequent selection at events of mourning.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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