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“Commissioned by St Albans Chamber Choir to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the choir’s foundation”
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Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
soprano, alto, tenor, bass
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'Martyr' was commissioned by St. Albans Chamber Choir in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their founding. It was premiered by the St Albans Chamber Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in St. Albans Abbey on 24th January, 2009 under the direction of John Gibbons.
'Martyr' was written as a counterpart to Haydn's 'Missa in Angustiis' ('Nelson' Mass), using the same orchestration as Haydn's original version. in venues where an organ is present, the optional organ part should always be used. The four SATB solo parts should be performed by a group of singers placed to the side or to the front of the orchestra, away from the main chorus. Although written with individual 'professional' solo voices in mind, the solo parts may also be performed by a semi-chorus with, for example, two or three voices to a part.
The central a cappella section can be performed as a stand-alone piece entitled 'Martyr Dei'.
Preview the score:
03 AUG 2013
Nelson Mass in D minor, Hob.XXII:11
Adagio for Strings
St Albans Cathedral
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
26 FEB 2012
Asbury United Methodist Church Madison, Alabama, U.S.A.
University of Alabama in Huntsville Concert Choir and Huntsville Youth Orchestra
Erin Colwitz, conductor
24 JAN 2009
St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire
St. Albans Chamber Choir / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor
This powerful setting of texts...is in the composer's distinctive style, confident, competent and strong. The work is highly atmospheric and...highly recommended.
Michael Overbury, Organist's Review,12/1/2010
...an expressive, atmospheric work which was both thrilling and uplifting.
John Manning, Herts Advertiser,1/29/2009
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