Motet for SATB/SATB a cappella, published by G.Ricordi & Co. [London] Ltd.
Duration: ca 7'00"
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balance homophony and polyphony in a manner reminiscent of the finest sixteenth
century anthems but in an entirely contemporary language. The close imitations
and springy rhythms of O Sing unto the
Lord escape the tyranny of the barline without causing metrical difficulties
for the singers. Response to the words is precise to the point of word-painting,
as in the solemnity of ‘for he is come to judge the earth’ and the antiphony
describing ‘a psalm of thanksgiving’. There is a similar sure touch of
harmonic effect at ‘and in thy presence rest’ in Jesu,
the Very Thought of Thee. – A
Meditation selects perfectly appropriate words from Thomas Traherne for a
service of baptism and sets them with sensitivity but without a trace of