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St Pancras Canticles (Te Deum, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis - a5) By Antony Pitts
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Commissioned by and first performed at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong, these virtuosic 5-part settings of the Te Deum, the... More > Magnificat, and the Nunc Dimittis by British composer Antony Pitts are suited for liturgical and concert performance.< Less
Missa Unitatis By Antony Pitts
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The first new mass setting to have been commissioned by the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap (founded in 's-Hertogenbosch in 1318) in almost 500 years, and as such resonates strongly with the... More > sound, aesthetic, and intention of its noble forebears. Inspired by the Brotherhood's uniquely balanced membership - precisely as many Protestants as Roman Catholics (thus acknowledging the Church's need for unity while simultaneously exposing the present lack of it) - this 'Mass of Unity' is designed to be performed by two choirs separately and/or together. Somewhat in the tradition of Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum and Missa Cuiusvis toni, the conceit is that there exists an invisible source - an original score - of which the two versions are radically different editions, thus playing with the tension between intention and interpretation, original and modern notation. The musical magic is that these two versions can also be sung together. The difficulty level varies between movements from moderate to virtuosic.< Less
Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht By Antony Pitts
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The Orgelbüchlein Project (http://www.orgelbuechlein.co.uk/) is a long-term project to complete the unfinished portion of J S Bach’s collection known as Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ... More > Book). The project has been conceived by the organist William Whitehead, and will involve collaboration from composers all round the world. The eventual goal is publication and recording of the ‘complete’ Orgelbüchlein, a twenty-first century act of homage to Bach, containing a range of new pieces from beginner’s level to recital standard. This dazzling chorale prelude is Antony Pitts's contribution to the project.< Less
Seven Letters By Antony Pitts
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The words of the Seven Letters from the Book of Revelation are over 1900 years old, yet speak with a remarkably contemporary voice. The Laodiceans, the last of the seven churches addressed, think... More > they are rich in worldly terms, but do not realize that spiritually they are “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked”. Each of these letters is declaimed by a solo – at times virtuosic – voice (originally written for individual members of the ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS and recorded on Hyperion CDA67507), and each letter ends with the urgent refrain: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches”. The cover painting is by David Jenks: 'Finale'.< Less
Who is my neighbour? [STUDY SCORE] By Antony Pitts
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Who is my neighbour? is a new musical presentation of the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan - in which the characters of the original parable are fused with mythical and musical elements from Arab... More > and Jewish cultural history. Written by the British composer Antony Pitts specially for the joint forces of Dal'ouna and Fifth Quadrant as part of the Road to Jericho project, and premiered at Spitalfields in 2011, Who is my neighbour? combines ritualized movement with musical gestures and colours from both Western and Middle Eastern sources. A recording made under the direction of the composer during an Aldeburgh residency in the Kiln Studio, Snape will be available in due course. A recording of the violin-viola duo Neighbours? with narration by the composer's son is available from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/road-to-jericho-neighbours/id422140854. Photograph of the road to Jericho by Ian Dingle: www.iandingle.com.< Less
Who is my neighbour? [FULL SCORE - COLOUR] By Antony Pitts
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Who is my neighbour? is a new musical presentation of the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan - in which the characters of the original parable are fused with mythical and musical elements from Arab... More > and Jewish cultural history. Written by the British composer Antony Pitts specially for the joint forces of Dal'ouna and Fifth Quadrant as part of the Road to Jericho project, and premiered at Spitalfields in 2011, Who is my neighbour? combines ritualized movement with musical gestures and colours from both Western and Middle Eastern sources. A recording made under the direction of the composer during an Aldeburgh residency in the Kiln Studio, Snape will be available in due course. A recording of the violin-viola duo Neighbours? with narration by the composer's son is available from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/road-to-jericho-neighbours/id422140854. Photograph of the road to Jericho by Ian Dingle: www.iandingle.com. In this full score edition quartertones are printed in colour.< Less
The I AM Sayings of Jesus By Antony Pitts
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Eight motets as recorded by TONUS PEREGRINUS on Hyperion CDA67668, and now available in this beautiful printed edition for all good choirs and vocal ensembles. The cycle is framed by 'Before Abraham... More > was, I AM' and 'I AM Alpha and Omega', and in-between are the seven sayings from John’s Gospel: 'I AM the Bread of Life', 'I AM the Resurrection and the Life', 'I AM the Light of the World', 'I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life', 'I AM the True Vine', and 'I AM the Door – I AM the Good Shepherd'. Each motet is for a different number of voices (from 1 to 8), and focuses on a different melodic interval; there is a common harmonic core to the cycle and an exploration of related rhythmic and structural ratios. Each piece can be performed separately, or any number of them in any order. Cover image: The Burning Bush by Blandine van Noordt-Grauer (http://paintings-blandine.voila.net/).< Less
Amen, Amen By Antony Pitts
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Arranged for two pianos from the double-choir motet Amen (recorded by TONUS PEREGRINUS on Seven Letters and other sacred music, Hyperion CDA67507), this serene and monolithic piece goes some way... More > towards expressing the acceptance of and agreement with the eternal will of God.< Less
Jerusalem-Yerushalayim vocal score By Antony Pitts
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An oratorio for our times. The city of Jerusalem has a complex, multi-layered history stretching back thousands of years, and continues today to be the literal and symbolic focus of many, often... More > conflicting, aspirations. This oratorio traces the outlines of the Biblical story of the city through twelve windows or snapshots in which Jerusalem is either the subject or the background. The libretto is based as closely as possible (given the limitations of English translation, the transliterations of ancient Hebrew, and the musical setting itself) on texts from the Tanakh or Old Testament – texts which are both historical and prophetic, full of archetypes and resonances, and are at the same time about real people with their dreams, tragedies, and hopes. Ultimately, the story is a universal one of hope that extends from these Semitic roots to a vision of lasting peace for all people.< Less
Come, let us sing for joy! By Antony Pitts
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Commissioned as an introit for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2014 for first performance at St Pancras Parish Church & live broadcast on BBC Choral Evensong on 14 May 2014, this... More > short and lively anthem is a setting of the first two verses of Psalm 95: "Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song."< Less