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NO NOISE NOR SILENCE BUT ONE EQUAL MUSIC
The Eton Choirbook By Walter Lambe et al.
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Music from the Eton Choirbook - a giant 500 year-old manuscript from Eton College Chapel, and one of the greatest surviving glories of pre-Reformation England. This volume of selected performing... More > editions by Antony Pitts is designed for competent choirs and vocal ensembles and is published to accompany the TONUS PEREGRINUS recording on Naxos 8.572840 (released: August 2012). Featuring the earliest polyphonic Passion by a named composer - Richard Davy's St Matthew Passion, two heartrending motets for five and six voices - Walter Lambe's Nesciens mater and John Browne's Stabat mater dolorosa, two thrilling settings of the Magnificat - by Hugh Kellyk and William Stratford, capped by Robert Wylkynson's extraordinary canon in 13 parts, Jesus autem transiens (the original score is pictured on the back cover).< Less
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
Manuscript Paper [LANDSCAPE] By 1equalmusic
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24 pages of manuscript paper for the budding and professional composer / arranger / student: 14 small staves on each page arranged in landscape format with the spine (which can be bent) along the... More > long edge.< Less
They shall awake By Antony Pitts
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A virtuoso setting of famous words by John Donne "no noise nor silence but one equal music" in their original context - from A Sermon Preached at White-hall, February 29, 1627/8. ... More > Commissioned by the Cheltenham Music Festival for first performance in July 2013 by the Choir of Royal Holloway, this 10-minute motet for SATB soli (ideally in a gallery) and SSAATTBB chorus is the coda to the composer's extensive Requiem inspired by the death of Alexander Litvinenko.< Less
Léonin, Pérotin: sacred music from Notre-Dame Cathedral By Magister Leoninus, Magister Perotinus, Anonymous
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This little book of organum (mainly taken from the 13th-century Magnus liber organi) contains all the performing editions used and subsequently revised by TONUS PEREGRINUS on their acclaimed... More > recording of Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral (Naxos 8.557340): the birth of polyphony from plainchant via simple 9th-century harmonies and the elaborate duets of Master Léonin (known as organum) to the first music in four independent parts by Master Pérotin c.1200. The music of Notre-Dame in Paris expanded harmonically and temporally - as the Cathedral itself grew in size and splendour. Ideal for Christmas and all grand feasts.< Less
A Thousand Years By Antony Pitts
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A millennial anthem commissioned for James O'Donnell & the Choir of Westminster Cathedral. Like BCAD (written the same year for the Swingle Singers), this motet is in two halves separated by a... More > pause, or possibly even by other music or events in a service or recital. It takes as its starting-point the biblical concept of God's relationship with time and eternity - "with the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day" - and incorporates a further patchwork of texts that refer both to Christ's first coming as a babe in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, and to His promised second coming at the end of the age. The first half of the motet is slow, the second a fast exploration of the same musical material. First performed at Westminster Cathedral on 17 & 21 December 2000, conducted by Martin Baker; duration: c.8'. A recording by TONUS PEREGRINUS directed by the composer is available on the album Alpha and Omega (Hyperion CDA67668).< Less
DIATESSARON - The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John By St Matthew et al.
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Following an ancient tradition of trying to harmonize the Gospels on the printed page, this "diatessaron" (Greek for "out of four") brings together a retired tax-collector, a... More > travelling preacher, a literary doctor and a visionary teacher to tell side-by-side their versions of the last 24 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth - from the Last Supper in an upper room in Jerusalem to the hurried burial in a tomb guarded by the occupying forces in 1st-century Israel - and the even more extraordinary aftermath. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (in a variety of English translations: Hebrew Names Version, King James Version, Douai-Rheims Bible, New International Version) each add to a complex historical account of Christ’s Passion, evoking the meaning-laden locations of Gethsemane, Gabbatha and Golgotha; interweaving themes of tradition and betrayal, blasphemy and justice, rejection and sacrifice; and ever since inspiring art, music, and people across the globe.< Less