The Sheet Music is now available for three arrangements of A Cradle Song written by Patrick based on the poem by William Blake. Patrick has created versions for SATB & Piano, SATB & Organ and SSA & Piano.
This piece forms part of the Songs of Innocence collection as featured on Patrick’s recent album The Fire of Love, written for the Same Stream Choir. Their director of music Dr James Jordan has called A Cradle Song “One of the most beautiful, simple and honest Christmas tunes”.
Essentially a lullaby, the ‘song’ aims to compliment the deep beauty of William Blake’s text and create a sense of sweetness and calm with its rocking piano (or organ) figurations and flowing melody. Into this structure is woven a whole range of emotions – sheer delight in the newborn, a mother’s protectiveness, the pain of motherhood – and a sense that the whole experience is a gift from God. For Patrick, the phrase ‘Sweet babe in thy face, Holy image can I trace‘ sums up the poem’s sentiments.
Currently available exclusively from GIA Publications, the sheet music will also be available from MusicRoom, Music Shop Europe, and JW Pepper in the coming weeks.