Two terrific new pieces for you this time.
Phos Hilaron – A song of the light – Robert Fielding (pictured)
This is a setting of O gladdening light for unaccompanied SSATB, as sung by the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir and broadcast on the BBC’s Choral Evensong programme from Romsey Abbey. The text is the oldest hymn still in use, and was considered ‘old’ by St Basil the Great, who himself died in 379AD.
This whirlwind of a piece has a wonderfully exciting rhythmical drive, and harmonic colours derived from the text.
View the score and have a listen at http://chichestermusicpress.co.uk/phoshilaron
I say unto you which hear – Martyn Noble
For SATB and organ.
Text from St Luke’s Gospel, containing the vivid passage “And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again”. The music contrasts the distinction between good and evil by varying tempo, volume and dissonance.
View the score and have a listen at http://chichestermusicpress.co.uk/isayuntoyouwhichhear