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20 June 2022

Press release by Boosey & Hawkes

Songs of Love

Mixed Choir (SATB divisi) and Piano; double bass, drums, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone ad lib

Will Todd


  • Choral score
  • A three-movement work exploring love
  • Includes a variety of accompaniment options
  • Commissioned by Elena Sharkova for the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Published by Boosey & Hawkes


Will Todd’s Songs of Love is a three-movement work exploring love through musical settings of beautiful poetry by Nils Peterson, based on words of Greek origin (two female poets and one anonymous lyric). From impassioned declaration, to sensual imagery and sorrowful remembrance of love lost, the work takes the performer and listener on an emotional journey to which Todd’s characteristic luscious harmonies, melodic craftmanship, and mastery of varied, often jazz-influenced styles are particularly suited.

Songs of Love may be performed complete or as separate movements, accompanied by piano alone (as written, embellished or extemporised – chord symbols are supplied throughout) or jazz trio (piano, bass and drums) with optional soprano or alto saxophone (parts available separately).