Lullay My Liking
for SATB a cappella with various solo partsforces: SATB Choir, Soprano
published by: Novello
The score is additionally available in a subcontracted impression from Shorter House, as part of the anthology, Sleep, Holy Babe :
This setting was written in 2004 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.