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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

O verbum patris (2005)
Commissioned by Epsom College in celebration of their 250th anniversary
Work Notes
dedicated to Dr. Brian Kelly
Text Writer
Hildegard von Bingen
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2005
Duration
10 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
Latin
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Peter Maxwell Davies O verbum patris (2005)
O Verbum Patris sets a poem by the twelfth century poet and composer Hildegard of Bingham - a poem which, as fas as is known, she did not herself set to music. This setting is based on the Christmas plainsong "Verbum caro factum est". The ecstatic nature of the text, with its heady images of circling and of the wheel (similitudine rote) I tried to sustain by projecting the tones of the plainsong through repeated cycles of what I think of as the ritual dance of the magic square of Mercury.

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