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NO NOISE NOR SILENCE BUT ONE EQUAL MUSIC
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
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
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 (and accompanying 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 and two more Pitts brothers - James and John, and arranged in eight sequences following the Church’s liturgical year, each capped with a different Amen.< 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 [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 (and accompanying 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 and two more Pitts brothers - James and John, and arranged in eight sequences following the Church’s liturgical year, each capped with a different Amen.< 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
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
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