O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life

A Prayer of Cardinal J. H. Newman

forces: SATB Choir
duration: 4'00"
1991
published by: Shorter House

Text:

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done; then Lord,in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The score of this motet is available from Shorter House both individually and as part of an anthology

Programme Note

This short anthem was written in 1991 in memory of my South London neighbour and new friend, Alan Gravill, a rising concert pianist and prizewinner in the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition (won by no less than Marc-André Hamelin). In 1991 Alan was a passenger in a terrible car crash which claimed his life only after a courageous struggle lasting several weeks. A piano piece might have been a more fitting memorial, but one writes what one feels, and I had long intended to set this prayer of Cardinal Newman, familiar to me since school days. I’m posting this the day before All Souls Day, when the departed are remembered and prayed for. The performance is from a CD [Signum, SIGCD080, dating from 2006] by the excellent Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, under its then director, the inspirational Judy Martin. The disc is collectively entitled Meditations and Remembrances and this little piece provides its hushed, twilight conclusion.

Programme Note

Composers' Note

This work is featured on a Signum worldwide release [2006] of choral and solo organ music by Francis Pott [SIGCD 080] performed by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, under its then Director of Music, Judy Martin, with Tristan Russcher, organ. An extract from that performance may be heard here:

Composers' Note

Reviews

Choir and Organ

First comes the word and here we have a composer who has an implicit understanding and love of the text, which manifests itself throughout his music. Judy Martin is a choral director who has a perfect understanding of this relationship. She draws from the mixed-voice choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in beautifully expressive and finely honed performances. This elegant and individual music gains its own momentum as it builds toward each climax. Choral works include the Mass for five parts, Turn our Captivity, A Remembrance and O Lord, support us all the day long. The composer’s organ writing is represented by his stunning Introduction, Toccata and Fugue, which is given a first-rate performance by the cathedral’s young Australian organist Tristan Russcher. Highly Recommended.

Shirley Ratcliffe, Choir and Organ

 

The music of Francis Pott is rapidly gaining attention for its silky lines and sensitivity. The items that give the album its title, Meditations and Remembrances, are settings of the 17th-century thinker Thomas Traherne. One senses Pott’s pleasure at painting the word “love” with such glowing warmth in A Meditation. He is well served by a beautifully tuned choir. The Osanna in the Five-Part Mass is light and crisp and Psalm 126 ends with the sort of melismatic Amen for which the Church was once reprimanded.

Rick Jones, The Times, May 2006

 

Reviews

Recordings

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Meditations & Remembrances

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, conduted by Judy Martin. Tristan Russcher, organ.

Signum SIGCD080  x   2006

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