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Like a Whisper in the Heart

The late Sylvia Dunstan was a gifted poet, and I have been drawn to set her texts on numerous occasions.  As I have previously posted, for a number of years I composed an annual Christmas carol (or anthem), for which I was determined to incorporate the text “gloria in excelsis deo” (just as my yearly Easter carol required an “alleluia” or two: see This Our Joy and This Our Feast).  It was with great excitement that I discovered this text, with its glorious imagery… and its refrain of “gloria in excelsis deo”!  The SATB anthem with piano accompaniment, as well as the chamber ensemble arrangement heard on the recording, can be purchased at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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This Our Joy and This Our Feast

I had the pleasure of directing an excellent parish choir in the late 1990’s, and that pleasure was doubled because of the superb accompanist that was on staff.  Each year I was determined to compose a new Christmas carol as well as a new Easter carol, the latter always featuring “alleluia” in the text.  One such piece was This Our Joy and This Our Feast, whose primary text is derived from the Piae Cantiones, a collection of late medieval Latin songs first published in 1582.  This anthem features a dazzling piano part that I composed to showcase the skills of the aforementioned accompanist… and plenty of “alleluias”.  For SATB choir, piano and trumpet, it is available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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