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Catalogue of Music - Motets

Smaller Motets

JESU REX GLORIAE
Motet for a cappella chorus: SATTB.Duration 3'

Latin words from the Roman Missal
This motet was written for liturgical use on the Feast of Christ the King, at St Mary's Church, Cadogan Street, London.

DE PROFUNDIS
Motet for chorus: SATB.Duration 2'30

Latin words from the Roman Missal (Psalm 129(130)). The piece was written for liturgical use.
Commissioned by the choir of St Mary's Church, Cadogan Street, Chelsea. There is also a 5-part version (SATBB).

SALVE REGINA
Motet for female chorus: SSAA.Duration 3'

Latin words from the Roman Missal.

REGINA COELI
Motet for chorus: SATB and Organ.Duration 3'

Latin words from the Roman Missal.

A motet in the form of a strict 4-part canon.

CANTATE DOMINO
Motet for Solo Soprano and chorus: SATB.Duration 3'

Latin words from the Roman Missal.

VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS
Motet for 2-part chorus: (Women and Men) and Organ.Duration 3'

Latin words from the Roman Missal.

First performed by FifteenB with Malcolm Cottle (organ) at a Catholic Stage Guild mass for World Aids Day

I WILL EXALT THEE
A cappella chorus: SSATTB and solo soprano/mezzo-soprano.Duration 3'

English words from the Authorised Version (Psalm 29).
This is an English version of EXALTABO TE from THREE PRAYERS written for the wedding of a friend.

SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG (PSALM 98)
Motet for chorus: SATB with piano accompaniment.Duration 5'

A setting of Psalm 98 designed to invoke general rejoicing.
English words from the Authorised Version (Psalm 98).

KYRIE WITH TROPES
Motet for for solo quartet: ATTB or small choir.Duration 4'30

Latin words from the Winchester Troper
This is a setting of an Anglo-Saxon version of the Kyrie from Winchester, which is interspersed with other sacred texts (tropes)

JOB AND SIMEON
Motet for for solo quartet: ATTB or small choir.Duration 6'

Latin words from the Roman Missal (Nunc Dimittis).
English words from the Authorised Version (Nunc Dimittis and Job, Chapter 7 verses 1-7)
This motet juxtaposes the Song of Solomon (Nunc Dimittis) with words from Job ("My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and are spent without hope. O remember that my life is wind.").

Larger Motets

GAUDE, GAUDE MARIA
Motet for 10-part unaccompanied chorus (SSSAATTTBB)Duration 15'

A setting of the words of the Sequence from the Roman Missal

Written for Cambridge Voices, director Ian de Massini. They gave the first performance at the Church of St. Etienne du Mont, Paris in August 2000 after a service marking the Feast of the Assumption

HERE BE ANGELS
Motet for double chorus with organ continuo.Duration 15'

1

THE CELESTIAL HIERARCHY

2

OF ANGELS, NAMES AND PINS

3

THE REBEL ANGELS

A piece about Angels in many guises. It opens with an evocation of heaven and a description of the Celestial Hierarchy taken from the writings of Dionysius the Pseudo-Arepagite. The middle movement is a scherzo mixing Angels' names taken from the Book of Enoch, with a discussion about how many Angels can dance on the head of a pin (a familiar Medieval philosophical controversy). The piece closes with Milton's dramatic description of the rebel Angels.

Instead of the usual double choir divisions, the choir is divided into two unequal groups, a heavenly choir (SSAT) and an Earthly choir (ATBB) and throughout the piece there are aleatoric and free-form moments, thus making a challenging and dramatic piece for audience and choir alike.

Commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus for their 1997/1998 Season.

I VESPRI DI SANTA CECILIA
Motet for large chorus: SSAATTBB & semi-chorus:SmSATBaB.Duration 5'45

Latin words from the Roman Missal (Selected from the First and Second Vespers for St. Cecilia). The semi-chorus sing the bulk of the words, interrupted and commented on by the main chorus's cries of Alleluia and Beate Ceciliae. The semi-chorus sing in a different key to the main chorus and as the piece builds from a single vocal line to all fourteen, there is constant tension between the two choruses. It is only at the end that the two groups finally come together. The piece also exists in a rather more extravagant 30-part version, which is as yet unperformed!
Written for Malcolm Cottle to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of London Concord Singers.

THREE PRAYERSfrom Da Capo Music
A cappella chorus: SSAATTB and solo soprano/mezzo-soprano.Duration 12'

1

AVE MARIA

Chorus

2

EXALTABO TE

Chorus & Solo

3

PATER NOSTER

Chorus

Settings of three prayers to Latin words from the Roman Missal. The Ave Maria starts with a dialogue between Mary and the Angel, only to be interrupted by the cries and prayers of the congregation on earth. Finally the opening dialogue returns with the prayers of the faithful echoing in the background. The second prayer is a simple hymn of praise to God, with a soaring solo line over a gently rhythmic choral accompaniment. The last prayer is a setting of the Pater Noster inspired by the sound of a church congregation muttering their prayers. Over this muttering sound soar the sopranos and altos in canon.
Published by Da Capo Music Ltd., June 1995.

KYRIE (A HYMN TO GOD THE FATHER)
Motet for Double Choir (SATB:SATB)Duration 6'30

Sets the words of John Donne's A HYMN TO GOD THE FATHER alongside the words of the Kyrie. This is from a projected 'Donne Mass' in which the ordinary of the mass is counterpointed with Donne's poems.


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