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Gloria in canon By John Dunstaple
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A version of John Dunstaple (Dunstable)'s 4-part canonic Gloria, arranged by Antony Pitts after Margaret Bent’s edition in Plainsong and Medieval Music 5 (1996), 45-67. The putative canonic... More > tenor parts added to this performing version for the Naxos recording 8.557341 by TONUS PEREGRINUS.< 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
In the year that King Uzziah died By Antony Pitts
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A modern prelude and fugue for organ (manuals and pedals), written in response to the vision of Isaiah: “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and... More > lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain did he fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.” (Isaiah 6:1-4) Duration: c.4'30" performance by Charles Cole: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10497886/antonypitts.com/sounds/ItytKUd.mp3< Less
Jerusalem-Yerushalayim full 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
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
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
Hymns and Songs of the Church [STANDARD FORMAT] By Antony Pitts et al.
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Glenn Gould: "I always said the most fascinating beautiful little piece in all of music is a hymn by Orlando Gibbons, by the name Thus Angels Sang. I couldn’t count the times I’ve... More > let these bars wander through my mind, or how often I’ve played them on the piano..." Gibbons’ exquisite tunes and rock-solid basslines for the first English hymnbook, Hymnes and Songs of the Church (published by George Wither with his hymn-texts in 1623), were written to be sung and played both at home and in church. In this practical and adventurous collection for choirs of all sizes and abilities (as on the acclaimed TONUS PEREGRINUS recording on Naxos 8.557681), Gibbons' music has been realized by Antony Pitts and Alexander L’Estrange in a variety of styles, interleaved with new English hymns by themselves (including 'There is a green hill') and two more Pitts brothers - James and John, and arranged in eight sequences following the Church’s liturgical year, each capped with an Amen. Also available in Large Format, and Hardback.< Less
Hymns and Songs of the Church [LARGE FORMAT] By Antony Pitts et al.
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Glenn Gould: "I always said the most fascinating beautiful little piece in all of music is a hymn by Orlando Gibbons, by the name Thus Angels Sang. I couldn’t count the times I’ve... More > let these bars wander through my mind, or how often I’ve played them on the piano..." Gibbons’ exquisite tunes and rock-solid basslines for the first English hymnbook, Hymnes and Songs of the Church (published by George Wither with his hymn-texts in 1623), were written to be sung and played both at home and in church. In this practical and adventurous collection for choirs of all sizes and abilities (as on the acclaimed TONUS PEREGRINUS recording on Naxos 8.557681), Gibbons' music has been realized by Antony Pitts and Alexander L’Estrange in a variety of styles, interleaved with new English hymns by themselves (including 'There is a green hill') and two more Pitts brothers - James and John, and arranged in eight sequences following the Church’s liturgical year, each capped with an Amen. Also available in Standard Format / Hardback.< 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