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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Martyr (2008)
“Commissioned by St Albans Chamber Choir to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the choir’s foundation”
Text Writer
William Wordsworth
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
2008
Duration
17 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Soloist
soprano, alto, tenor, bass
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Programme Note
Tarik O'Regan Martyr (2008)
'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'.

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Performances
Date
Title
  • 03 AUG 2013
    St Albans Cathedral
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 26 FEB 2012
    Martyr US Premiere
    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
    Martyr World Premiere
    St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire
    St. Albans Chamber Choir / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    John Gibbons, conductor

Reviews
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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