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“The Quiet Way

You Move Me” -

All versions

The Quiet Way you move me was originally sung by a mother figure in the play Barabbas by the late Nevil Frenkiel.

I am unsure whether this refers to the mother of Jesus, since I have never seen the whole play and I am unaware that it was ever performed, but I am assuming, from some of the lines in the song, that it was indeed Mary.

Nevil originally wanted the song to be sung by an unaccompanied soprano, which I did for the purposes of the play, but the  melody that I wrote for it proved so effective that it led to several versions for various vocal and instrumental combinations.


Lyrics:

Sometimes when you fall asleep,

it seems you take me with you

deep into a peaceful land

far from all the heartache;


that you'll understand one day,

you will understand one day

the quiet way

quiet way you move me

quiet way

quiet way you move me.


Sometimes when you fall asleep

it seems you take me with you,

deep into a peaceful land

far from all the heart ache.

I find myself complete;

I find myself repeating a prayer

and smiling at the sky:

the quiet way you move me

even when you cry.


Now within your drowsy eyes

I can see why the world has lost

all its wonders.

A new dream is rising,

impatient to begin.

A new dream is rising

impatient to begin.

And when the dream is through,

your hungry feelings will find me.


My comfort is you.

My comfort is you.

The quiet way

quiet way you move me

quiet way

quiet way you move me …

The audio for the version for soprano and guitar (performed by Sheralyn Rennert with me on guitar) is available on:

Bandcamp

CDBaby

Amazon

Itunes


The score is available at

Musicaneo (including full guitar part)

SheetMusicPlus (with guitar part as chord names only)


The audio of the version for alto and guitar - performed by me - is available at

Bandcamp

Itunes

Amazon


The score is available at

Musicaneo (with full guitar part and also guitar part as chords only)

and

SheetMusicPlus (with full guitar part)

SheetMusicPlus (with guitar chords)


The audio of the version for alto and piano, sung by Stephen Taylor with Jonathan Leonard on piano for the CD “Songs of Solomons” is available on

Bandcamp

CDBaby

Amazon

and

Itunes

The score is available at

MusicaNeo

and

SheetMusicPlus



Other vocal versions followed:

Medium voice and piano

High voice and piano


The accompaniment also became more sophisticated with the addition of a three-part chorus :

Alto, Chorus and guitar chords

Alto, Chorus and fully notated guitar


Then came a series of instrumental versions including:

various quartets with and without guitar:

String quartet

String quartet with guitar

Clarinet quartet

Clarinet quartet with guitar

Woodwind quartet

Woodwind quartet with guitar


and some versions with Wind Instrument and Piano:

   Tenor saxophone and piano

   Flute and piano

   Alto flute and piano

   Cor anglais and piano