Tag Archives: eucharist

Cleanse the Thoughts of Our Hearts

The Collect for Purity is the name traditionally given to the collect prayed near the beginning of the Eucharist in most Anglican rites. It was originally drafted in Latin for the Sarum missal and was part of the preparation prayers of priests before Mass.  Thomas Cranmer translated the prayer into English and from there it has entered almost every Anglican prayer book in the world.  My setting for SATB was composed to reflect the solemnity as well as the antiquity of the text. It is available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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How Holy This Feast

During the summer of 1998, I attended a liturgical music composition seminar at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) with the late Richard Proulx.  Each of the participating composers had the opportunity to study privately with Richard, and to say that it changed my life would not be an understatement.  One of my self-directed projects was to compose a choral work in what I was then calling a minimalist style.  This motet grew out of that effort, and while it went in a slightly more elaborate direction, you can hear a touch of minimalism in the repetitive rhythm and slowly changing harmonies of the outer sections.  For unaccompanied SATB choir, it is available for purchase at giamusic.com.  One last note:  I once performed this successfully with a string quartet doubling the voice parts.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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