Soprano Solo and SATB a
Duration: ca 7'00"
This setting was written in 2005
for the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, then conducted by Dr David Hill,
and was a particular pleasure to write as I had served in the Choir
of Winchester Cathedral under his inspiring direction from 1991 to
2001. Beginning with a soprano solo which recurs later, the music
respects the strophic arrangement of its anonymous mediaeval text,
but seeks a kind of ‘halfway house’ by preserving a recognizable
rhythmic and textural sense of the recurrent verse and refrain while
still clothing them in successive variants of what has gone before.
Led by the poem, the music reaches a central climax with the singing
of the ‘angels bright’,
but withdraws progressively into itself in the latter stages.
Throughout, there is a general aim to suggest a line of connection
back to actual compositional vocabulary and devotional sensibility
as we know them from the Middle Ages, but without crossing a line
definitively into the strict application of ancient rules.
Francis Pott, 2009.
Lullay my Liking
has been released
by Hyperion Recordings as part of Christmas at St John’s,
It was published in 2005 by Novello
& Co [Music Sales Ltd].