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Cathedral Anthems: Music by Peter Hallock - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks


 
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Cathedral Anthems
Premiere Recordings of Music for Choir, organ, Brass and Percussion by Peter R. Hallock
Choral Arts (formerly Choral Arts Northwest)
Richard Sparks, director
 
To listen to this disc is to be in the grip of a great magnetic force...visionary... breathtaking in every way.
J
ournal of the Association of Anglican Musicians
 
This CD includes both large and small-scale works for choir, with and without instruments, most recorded here for the first time. Hallock was the organist and choirmaster of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle for forty years, composing an impressive array of original choral works in the Anglican tradition.

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem (1983)
Show Us Your Mercy, O Lord (1981)
Dominus Regnavit (1988)
There Is a Stream (1958)
The Song of Moses (1990)
Exsultate Deo (1988)
Phoenix (1975)
Gloria (1969)
     I. Gloria in Excelsis Deo
     II. Qui Tollis
     III. Quoniam (General Dance)
Commit Your Way to the Lord (1987)
Behold, the Eye of the Lord (1981)
Whom Should We Love Like Thee (1989)
Program Notes

The Anthem is as English as fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. It was a child of the Reformation in Great Britain when, at Henry VIII’s command, Bishop Crammer wrote the first Book of Common Prayer (1549), thus providing new liturgies in the vernacular to replace the Roman Catholic Breviary and Missal.

In their sung versions, the newly created Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer (often referred to as Matins and Evensong), as well as Holy Communion, provided an opportunity for the singing of anthems, usually during the collection of alms, “In quires and places where they sing, here may be sung an anthem."

Of singular importance was the introduction, through the anthem, of non-scriptural as well as scriptural texts, thus providing a unique opportunity for the introduction of “parabiblical” thought and expression for poets, composers, and performers. Within such a framework, a church musician becomes a theologian and inherits the liabilities therewith, both positive and negative.

As a composer of anthems for more than 40 years, I hope these works will find a place within the continuum of the Anglican tradition that inspired them.

-Peter Hallock


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