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NO NOISE NOR SILENCE BUT ONE EQUAL MUSIC
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
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
Bring us, O Lord God By Antony Pitts, John Donne, Eric Milner-White
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This SATB anthem is a setting of a prayer after John Donne - adapted from A Sermon Preached at White-hall, February 29, 1627/8. The composer's setting of John Donne's original text 'They shall... More > awake' is distilled into a lyrical four-part motet, written in celebration of the baptism of HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Duration: 3'30"< Less
These Three Remain... By Antony Pitts
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A sonata for viola and piano in three interlinked movements, arranged from a 'cello sonata of the same name with a symbolic basis in the words from the end of 1 Corinthians 13: "These three... More > remain: faith, hope, and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love." It is entirely written in the composer's own rainbow mode - based approximately on the first seven distinct tones in the harmonic series as well as the additional two notes from the octatonic scale, i.e.: C, D, E, F#, G, A, Bb, Db, Eb - but each movement is in a different transposition. This printed volume contains both the viola part, and the combined viola & piano score. http://antonypitts.klangr.com/work.aspx?ID=59971< Less
Love bade me welcome By Antony Pitts, George Herbert
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A setting for SATB(div.) of George Herbert's Love bade me welcome, commissioned by Edward Higginbottom to mark his retirement from New College, Oxford. "...from the moment I started working on... More > it, it was clear in my mind that this piece existed – complete, perfect, and (to me at least) unutterably beautiful and heart-rending. A murmur, a hue, a shadow, an outline, a pang – these are the beginnings of creativity that I’m aware of, but then I’m generally not aware of the real genesis of a piece of music, only sometimes – often they’re as impenetrable as forgotten dreams. When I do know I’m thinking about a (new) piece, I sometimes feel sure that I’m seeing or feeling it rather than hearing it. It – whatever it is – is amodal or multimodal, an Ur-expression of some deeper confluence of ideas or tangling of neurons..." http://antonypitts.klangr.com/work.aspx?ID=128390< Less