(9:00) SSAATTBB Chorus, 2 Nose Flutes. Copyright Fee: Score. Music and Lyrics Copyright 1996, Brent Michael Davids.


Night Chant is both a love song and a night time song reminiscent of the night chants of some Native American ceremonies. The lyrics of Night Chant are both Mohican words and Native American “vocables.” Native American vocables form an intertribal way of communicating feelings in songs. "Night Chant" is written for using both an operatic sound quality as well as a more nasal sound quality produced by indigenous singers. In one section of the work, nose flutes accompany the voices for an interesting melodic effect similar to the high falsetto vocal quality of some traditional night chants. In addition, a “walking chant” is composed into the work, for the chorus to enter and exit the performance.


The commissioning of Night Chant by Brent Michael Davids was made possible by a grant by Meet The Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts and Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund. This work was commissioned by a consortium consisting of Chanticleer and The Dale Warland Singers.