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Hymns and Songs of the Church [HARDBACK] 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 paperback (Standard/Large).< 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
The Peace of Jerusalem By Antony Pitts
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The sumptuous choral coda to the oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim, for SATB(div.) First performed by the Choir of London under Jeremy Summerly in Israel, a recording by TONUS PEREGRINUS under... More > the composer's direction is on the album Alpha and Omega (Hyperion CDA67668). Cover art by Blandine Van Noordt-Grauer: Het Nieuwe Jeruzalem. [N.B. colours are not reproduced correctly in the preview and thumbnail.]< 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
Remember... By Antony Pitts
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A song for low bass and piano setting the poignant and powerful words of the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 - "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come... More > and the years approach when you will say, 'I find no pleasure in them'..." First sung publicly by the composer's father David Pitts.< Less
The Eton Choirbook By Walter Lambe et al.
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The 2nd Edition (2018) of 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... More > of selected performing 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