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Requiem

And Other Choral Works (Chichester Cathedral Choir)

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  • TRACK LISTING:

    1. Introit and Kyrie

    2. Offertory

    3. Sanctus

    4. Pie Jesu (Feat. Steffan Hughes)

    5. Agnus Dei6. Libera Me, Domine

    7. In Paradisum

    8. Before the ending of the day

    9. O Sacrum Convivium

    10. Give Us the Wings of Faith

    11. A Hymn to the Virgin

    12. Brightest and Best

    13. Holy Is the True Light

    14. God Who Made The Earth

    15. Come, my Way, my Truth

    16. When I Survey

    17. A New Commandment

    18. Judge Eternal

  • Malcolm Archer



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    I composed Requiem in the Autumn of 1992, and it took eight weeks to complete, The work was not a commission, but was born from a long desire of mine to compose a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass in a shape similar to that which ore adopted, using some musical ideas which had been haunting me for a period of time I wanted to write a work which could be used liturgically as well as in concert for occasions such as All Souls Day or even Good Friday, and which would be for organ accompaniment as a practical consideration, During the seven choral movements there is much variation in mood and texture, from the serene Pie Jesu with soprano solo, to the dramatic and at times terrifying Libera me, I had a strong image in my mind while composing this latter movement Hells armies amassing, in the distance, and marching, with impending threat upon the portals of heaven, but finally defeated at the Dies free as they come face to face with God This is followed by the peaceful mood of the In Paradisum which uses the soprano melody from the Introit. The peace, however, represents the longing of the Christian for ultimate Paradise rather than that achieved by the departed soul; in other words the hope of eternity rather than eternity itself.

    Before the Ending of the Day is a setting of the ancient Compline hymn and has echoes within if of a monastic age with its plainsong-like melodic line. 0 Sacrum Conuivium was commissioned by the Garrison Choral Course in New York, and was first performed at St Thomas Church, 5th Avenue, in 1991. Give us the Wings of Faith is an expansive setting of the words for treble voices, divisi, and is suitable for use on any Saints day. A Hymn to the Virgin was written for Clifton College Boys Choir, and this recording shows how effective this piece can be when sung by mens voices, Brightest and Best is for the feast of the Epiphany and was composed for the choristers of Bristol Cathedral, but again the addition of mens voices here adds a new dimension to the music. Holy is the True Light is an a cappella work in four parts. I have found these words inspiring for some time, but have been reluctant to set them because of the fear of not living up to their quality, particularly with the existence of wonderful settings by composers like Herbert Howells.

    What appeals to me about this text is the marvellous simplicity and yet directness of expression, which I have tried to match in the music. God Who Made the Earth is in strophic form where the sample melody has a different treatment in each verse. Come, my Way my Truth is a gentle and lyrical setting of George Herberts evocative text. When I Survey is written for boys voices. It is a serene and deeply-felt piece that aims to capture the depth or meaning expressed in these well-known and much-loved words. A New Commandment is set to a striking contemporary text by Susan Sayers. It is written for choir and congregation and conveys a marvellous sense of peace and tranquillity. Judge Eternal is a setting of words by Henry Scott Holland, and is a lively piece with syncopated rhythms. It was composed for a legal service at Bristol Cathedral and is suitable for general use or for any occasion when an anthem with a festive spirit is needed.

    - Malcolm Archer

     

    TRACK LISTING:

    1. Introit and Kyrie

    2. Offertory

    3. Sanctus

    4. Pie Jesu (Feat. Steffan Hughes)

    5. Agnus Dei6. Libera Me, Domine

    7. In Paradisum

    8. Before the ending of the day

    9. O Sacrum Convivium

    10. Give Us the Wings of Faith

    11. A Hymn to the Virgin

    12. Brightest and Best

    13. Holy Is the True Light

    14. God Who Made The Earth

    15. Come, my Way, my Truth

    16. When I Survey

    17. A New Commandment

    18. Judge Eternal



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Requiem