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James Whitbourn

Publisher: Chester Music

Requiem canticorum (2010)
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
14 Minutes
SATB (with divisi)
Soprano saxophone

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Programme Note
James Whitbourn Requiem canticorum (2010)
Requiem canticorum is a five-movement work of 12 - 14 minutes’ duration. Its title means ‘‘a Requiem of song’’ or ‘‘a Requiem of canticles’’ indicating that it is a commemorative piece which sets texts associated with the Requiem mass, rather than being a full Requiem. It is scored for choir, soprano saxophone and organ, a scoring it shares with the ‘Son of God Mass’ by the same composer.

It can be performed as a concert piece or as a free-standing anthem within the context of a commemorative event or liturgy.

‘Requiem canticorum’ can also be performed in conjunction with selected movements from the ‘Son of God Mass’ to make a full concert Requiem. The key-structure of the two works allows for a seamless intertwining and in concert should be performed in the sequence indicated below. When performed in this way, the sequence can be given the title ‘Requiem’ or ‘Requiem Son of God Mass’ in a concert programme.

Introit (Requiem canticorum)
Pie Jesu (Requiem canticorum)
Kyrie (Son of God Mass)
Alleluia (Requiem canticorum)
De profundis (Requiem canticorum)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Son of God Mass)
Pax Domini (Son of God Mass)
Agnus Dei (Son of God Mass)
Lux Aeterna (Requiem canticorum)
Amen (Son of God Mass)

Additionally, some of the work can be used within a Requiem liturgy, the following movements having a liturgical place:

Introit (Requiem canticorum), until bar 68
Kyrie (Son of God Mass)
Alleluia (Requiem canticorum)
or De profundis (Requiem canticorum)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Son of God Mass)
Agnus Dei (Son of God Mass)
Lux Aeterna (Requiem canticorum) and Amen (Son of God Mass)

  • Ensemble
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    James Jordan
  • 07 MAY 2017
    Holy Rosary Parish Bozeman, MT
    Aoide Chamber Singers
    Andrew Major, conductor
  • 30 APR 2017
    Christ Episcopal Church, 90 Kings Hwy, Middletown, NJ, US
    The Shrewsbury Chorale
    Neil F. Brown, conductor
  • 25 APR 2017
    St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Cnr Ann & Creek Sts, Brisbane, Australia
    Brisbane Concert Choir
    Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié, conductor
  • 09 OCT 2016
    Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
    Hét Concertkoor
  • 15 NOV 2015
    Warsaw Cathedral, Warsaw
    Musica Sacra
    Pawel Gusnar, saxophone; Pawel Lukaszewski, organ
  • 15 MAR 2015
    Bethany Lutheran Church
    Joel M. Rinsema, conductor
  • 31 JAN 2015
    Salle Olivier Messiaen à Grenoble, France
    Le Grand Chœur A Cœur Joie de Grenoble
    Francine Bessac, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1 February - Salle Olivier Messiaen à Grenoble, France
  • 28 MAY 2014
    Meany Theater, University of Washington, USA
    Washington University Chorale
  • 03 NOV 2013
    Grace Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
    St. Gregory Choir
    Scott Bennett, conductor
  • 28 MAR 2011
    Requiem canticorum New York Premiere
    New York Choral Festival
    Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    James Jordan, conductor
  • 26 MAR 2011
    Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    Jeremy Powell (soprano saxophone); James Jordan, conductor
  • 05 NOV 2010
    Requiem canticorum World Premiere
    Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    Jeremy Powell, soprano saxophone; James Jordan, conductor

There is real depth and sincerity in Whitbourn's writing, lending an atmosphere of solemnity and reassuring calm.
Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ,01/01/2012
In five movements, much use is made of a descending three note phrase. The saxophone usually decorates slow-moving homophonic choral textures or plays with the organ.... I look forward to hearing a performance of this meditative work.
John Henderson, Organists' Review,01/12/2011
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