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MacMillan, James: The Strathclyde Motets - O Radiant Dawn (2007) 3'
Advent antiphon for 21 December, for SATB choir a cappella

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St Columba's, Maryhill, Glasgow
St Columba's Church Choir

Repertoire Note

Choral level of difficulty: Level 1 (5 greatest)

In writing the Strathclyde Motets MacMillan set out to write a series of communion motets of only moderate difficulty, which would be of real and lasting use for average church or concert choirs. Aware that much of his choral music to date could be too challenging for average use, these new motets provide a very welcome opportunity for almost any choir of reasonable attainment and ambition to sing some contemporary music of real value.

O Radiant Dawn is built from simple separated phrases, and is particularly effective because of its straightforward nature which delivers its message unambiguously. A beautiful, rocking Amen concludes this lovely piece. Another entry level piece which will make an effective communion motet or short concert item.

Repertoire note by Paul Spicer

Recommended Recording

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Coro COR16096

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