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Subtitle: from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Instrumentation: SATB, Piano
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)
for mixed choir (SATB) & piano (with optional cello)
Text: Latin (Christian Mass)
Use: Communion/Mass, General
Karl Jenkins’ 'Benedictus', the penultimate movement from The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace, is now firmly established as a classic in its own right. In the words of Guy Wilson, former Master of the Armouries and commissioner of the parent work, “even the survivors can be hurt to destruction by war. The Benedictus heals those wounds in its slow and stately affirmation of faith”.This new publication makes the Benedictus available for performance as a separate work, with piano accompaniment. The score includes the iconic introductory cello solo part on its own page, although performance with cello is optional. The edition is compatible with that in the complete Armed Man vocal score and therefore with the work’s scorings for orchestra, ensemble, brass band and concert band.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Karl Jenkins is one of the most prolific, popular and performed composers in the world today. His recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum discs, while his The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace has received almost a thousand performances in the decade since its première in 2000. Classically trained, Jenkins transcends musical boundaries, from the seminal fusion band Soft Machine to the global crossover phenomenon Adiemus. Recent recordings include Requiem, Stabat Mater, Quirk and Stella Natalis, while he has composed music for HRH The Prince of Wales, Bryn Terfel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra. Karl Jenkins has featured on British TV’s iconic South Bank Show, and he has consistently been the highest-placed living composer in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. He was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010.
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