The Saga of the Seven Days

Many languages associate each day of the week with one of the seven heavenly objects known in ancient times: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn. English has retained these origins for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the four other days, however, the names of Anglo-Saxon or Nordic gods have replaced the Roman gods that gave name to the planets. Thus, Tuesday is named after Tiu, Wednesday is named after Wodin, Thursday is named after Thor, and Friday is named after Freya.

In 2005, Scottish composer Tom Cunningham and English poet Paul Wigmore wrote a short song entitled The Great God Thor for the NYCoS National Boys Choir. This proved to be such a success at its premiere that Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of NYCoS, invited Tom to expand the piece into a complete cantata. Thus the The Saga of the Seven Days was born. The other six movements are set by Tom to texts by Brussels-based writer Derek Roberts.

To download a page of each of the songs and to listen to sound clips, follow the link below to the NYCoS shop.


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