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Now Is A Long Time

A piece for choir by Joe Bates

Vocal Score
Performance Directions
Duration – c. 6'

Instrumentation – SATB divisi

Quartertones
Quartertones are indicated using Stein-Zimmerman accidentals, as shown below.

 50c higher than a flat. (Directly between a natural and a flat.)


50c lower than a sharp. (Directly between a natural and a sharp.)
Glissandi
During glissandi, the initial note should be held before the pitch begins to change.
Bracketed consonants
Where voice parts end a note on different beats, come consonants have been omitted in to avoid
hearing a double consonant. Where this is the case, the omitted consonants have been included
in brackets, for clarity.
Text
The text describes the experience of being stuck indoors, recovering from an accident. In
particularly, it considers the strangeness of time when nothing changes around you.
When you fly through the air,
Time is as fast as oncoming wheels.
At the crunch, clocks will stop,
Calendar days will pass in a flood,
While hours trickle by.
The glacial past masses behind
Shifting, calving time.
Which melts, floats away.
Time is a measure of change,
And I have changed.
First all at once,
Then not at all.
Lying fast-frozen for months,
I ossify,
Evaporate,
Fly through the air.
Joe Bates, 2020
Acknowledgements
Commissioned by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as part of their 2020 Young
Composers Scheme.

Version 18th October 2020


Now Is A Long Time
Joe Bates

    
   
   


Holding tension ( = c. 128)

   
 
Soprano

   
When you, when you,

Alto    
     
      
  
                 
When you, When you,


   
Tenor


 
When you, when you, when you,

         

 
Bass

When you,

  
7           
S.            

    
you, when you, when you fly,

1         
      

    
when you, when you, when you fly,

    
A.

2           
  
           
when you, when you, when you fly,

1       

  
           
when you, when you, you fly,

 
T.

2  
    

  
          
when you, when you, you fly,

              

B.

when you, when you fly,

© 2020, Joe Bates


A     
2 Now Is A Long Time

12   
S.                 
     
    

When you fly through the

 
air, through the air,

                      
1

    
When you fly through air, through the air,

      
A.

2      
      

    
           
When you fly through air, air through the air,

   
1        

    
       
When you fly through the air, air, through the air,

    
T.

2          

    
    
When you fly through the air, through the air,

      
 
B.

 
When you fly through the air,

17         
 
B
1 
 
          
through, time is as fast
S.

2 
 

       
through, time is as fast

        
unis.

 
 
through, time is as fast

         
A.

       
unis.

  

through,

  
time is as fast

         
1      
  

through the air,


time


is as fast


T.

2                


    
through the air, time is as fast

   
B.
  
time is as fast
Now Is A Long Time 3

 
21  unis.     
             
C

1

 
    
At the crunch,

              
S.


unis.

  
 
  
At the crunch,

A.          
  

 
      
as on - com - ing wheels. At the

                   
 
unis.

 
        
as on - com - ing wheel(s). At the, at the crunch,

                
T.

  
unis.

 
                
as on - com - ing wheels. A(t) the, at the crunch,

     
    
B.

as on - com - ing wheels. A(t) the, at the crunch,

       
 
Poco meno mosso
28 
( = c. 108)

  
S.

A.                     



crunch, stop, stop, stop.

             
T.   
   
 
     
Clocks will stop, stop,

    
  
B.

Clocks will stop,


4 Now Is A Long Time

 
34         
    
 
S.

  
Cal - end - ar days


A.       
     
Cal - end - ar days


T.                        
Cal - end - ar days pass in a flood, Cal - end - ar

           
1           
Cal - end - ar days will pass in a flood, Cal - end - ar
B.

       
     
 
          
ossia simile.
2

Cal - end - ar days will pass in a flood, Cal - end - ar

   
               
         
  
39


S.

    
pass in a flood, while hours

        
A.                 
 
pass in a flood, while hours


T.                      
days pass in a flood, hours trick - le by,

  
1                 
days will pass in a flood, while hours trick - le by,
B.

 
2
    

     

    
days will pass in a flood, while hours trick - le by,
Now Is A Long Time 5

  E
44    
S.           

 

tri - - - ckle by.

                

A.

       
            
tri - - - ckle by.

T.


hours trick - le by. The gla - ci - al past

     
                
 
1

  
while hours trick - le by. The gla - ci - al, gla - ci - al past

    
B.

2
                 
while hours trick - le by. The gla - ci - al, gla - ci - al past

   
F


49  
                  

S.

   
the gla - ci - al past

 
                 
 
A.

 
    
      
the gla - ci - al past


T.        
  
         

  

mass - es be - hind, the past, the gla - ci - al past

    
                   
   
1

     
mass - es be - hind, the gla - ci - al past, the gla - ci - al past

          
B.

2
               
mass - es be - hind, the gla - ci - al past, the gla - ci - al past
6 Now Is A Long Time

55       
             
      
G

S.
  

         
    
be - hind, shift - ing,


cal - ving


time,

           

A.

  
         
be - hind cal - ving time,

T.           


    
    
mass - es be - hind, shift - ing, cal - ving time,

  
     
unis.

  
         
mass - es be - hind, Calv - ing time,


B.

      
unis.

mass - es be - hind, Calv - ing time,

61      sempre
I

             
H

  
unis.

  sempre

That floats A - way way,

       
S.

       
unis.

  sempre

That floats by, melts a - way, way way,

      
A.
           
  sempre
              
That floats by, melts a - way, way, a - way

T.   

 sempre
   
That floats by, melts a - way, A - way a -

      
1 
        

B. A - way a -

2

Now Is A Long Time 7

68   
        
J
S.
          
a - - way, time is a meas - ure of change,

 
A.       

       
     

a - way time is a mea - sure mea -

   
T.                   
- way a - - way time is a meas - ure of change,

                 
1    


- way a - - way time is a meas - ure of change,

      
B.

      
2
     
Time is a mea - sure of change

75   
       
K L
S.
          
change and I have changed, first


A.         
        
  
 
- sure of change and I have changed, changed

         
T.               
change and I have changed, changed first

            
     
1 

   
change and I have changed first

        
B.

  
2
     
and I have changed First,
8 Now Is A Long Time

82    

M

     
              
(non cresc.)

S.



all at once once then not at all Ly - ing fast

           
A.
         
     
                 
first all at once then not at all Ly - ing fast

T.


             
all at once then not at all Ly - ing fast

  
1   
  
    
once then at Ly - ing fast

   
B.

      
2
 
all at once, then not at all. Ly - ing fast

       
N

                   
89

S.

    

fro - zen for months, I oss - i - fy, e -

         
A.
        

   

fro - zen for months, I oss - i - fy, e -

T.                    

    
        
 
fro - zen for months, months I oss - i - fy, e -

     
1 
   
        
fro - zen for months, I oss - i - fy, e -

  
 
B.

      
2

fro - zen for months, I oss - i - fy, e -
Now Is A Long Time 9

   
       


Poco meno mosso

       
( = c. 46)

   
O


95

S.

   
   
- vap - o - rate, fly through the air air

           
      
A.

    
            
- vap - o - rate, fly through the air air

         
T.  

   
 
- vap - o - rate, fly through the air air

       
1           

   

 
- vap - o - rate, fly through the air air

        
B.

     
2

- vap - o - rate, fly through the air air