translation of Aquinas text by James Quinn (E)
World premiere of version
Westminster Cathedral, London
Westminster Cathedral Choir
Choral level of difficulty: 2 (5 greatest)
This straightforward, attractive anthem was written for a Baptism and Confirmation service in 1980. Its accompaniment was originally for oboe and viola. MacMillan later made an alternative organ part (the instrumental parts are available if needed) which, to a great extent, reflects this in its two-part counterpoint. The choral parts are easily manageable by most choirs and with its mainly chordal approach makes the text by St. Thomas Aquinas in James Quinn’s translation, even more direct. This also makes a beautiful communion motet.
Repertoire Note by Paul Spicer