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Eric Whitacre

Publisher: Chester Music

Oculi Omnium (2011)
for Dr. David Skinner and the choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
3 Minutes
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Programme Note
Eric Whitacre Oculi Omnium (2011)
Oculi omnium ad te spectant, Domine; tu das eis escam eorum in tempore opportuno.
Aperis tu manum tuam, et imples omne animal benedictione tua.
Sanctifica nos, quaesumus, per verbum et orationem;
Istisque tuis donis, quae de tua bonitate sumus percepturi, benedicito.
Per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

The eyes of all look toward thee, O Lord; thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand and fillest every living thing with thy blessing.
Sanctify us, we beseech thee, through word and prayer;
and give thy blessing to these thy gifts, which of thy bounty we are about to receive,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Soloist(s)
    Hila Plitmann sop., Julian LLoyd Webber vcl.
    Eric Whitacre
  • Ensemble
    Music Sales Singers
    David Hill and Daniel Hyde
    Choral Sampler 2012:
Whilst he was a Visiting Fellow, Eric Whitacre was invited to set the text of the Sidney Grace (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge); the words he uses are Oculi omnium. He has taken inspiration from his work 'I thank you God for most this amazing day', and indeed quotes directly from it in the final 'Amen'. Throughout this setting, he has used the, in his own words, "blossoming cluster chords" as a recurring motif. In free time, this piece will prove inspiring for choirs blessed with immaculate intonation.
David Dewar, Organists' Review,01/12/2012
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