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Peter Hallock is a towering figure in modern Episcopal church music. During his 40 years at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, he produced a remarkable legacy: a daunting number of published and unpublished compositions, including numerous motets as well as large-scale anthems with instrumental accompaniment. A three-year cycle of psalm settings for choir with congregational antiphons is the most popular Psalter in common use in both the Episcopal and Lutheran denominations in the United States.
The popularity of Compline at St. Mark's, which he founded, spawned a revival in interest in this service, now included in the prayer books of Lutheran and Episcopal denominations worldwide. His musical accomplishments have been recognized by numerous degrees and honors: Doctor of Sacred Music, honoris causa, from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (the Episcopal seminary of the western United States); Associate of the Royal School of Church Music; Associate of the Royal College of Music; Master of Music in Organ Performance and Composition (University of Washington); Canon Precentor (emeritus), St. Mark's Cathedral; and Canon of Honor, Diocese of Olympia. Dr. Hallock was the first lay person in the Episcopal Church to be given the title of Canon Precentor, indicating his importance not only as a composer and musician, but also as a contributor to the liturgy of St. Mark's and the Diocese of Olympia.
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Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock
Annotated Compline
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This edition of the Organ Loft radio program with host Roger Sherman was first aired in January, 1995. It includes excerpts from The Compline Choir's CD, "Feathers of Green Gold" (CD 7003) with an annotated version of the Compline service, and an interview with Peter Hallock about the history of the Compline service at St. Mark's.

Since its founding in 1954, the all-male Compline Choir has sung the medieval Office of Compline in a dark Cathedral on Sunday nights. The success of this service and its appeal to young people has sparked a worldwide revival of interest in Compline.

Feathers of Green Gold - Compline Choir - Peter Hallock
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This choir, under the direction of Peter Hallock, set off a liturgical revolution with their singing the medieval Office of Compline. Begun in 1954, St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle) is packed with young people every Sunday night at 9:30 to hear the half-hour service in a darkened church. This recording of the service is followed by ten Psalms for men's choir by Peter Hallock. Mysterious, beautiful, and timeless, this group's Compline service has become the catalyst for a worldwide revival of this ancient liturgy.
Night Music - Compline Choir - Peter Hallock
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The Compline Choir's second CD features the music of Peter Hallock, written expressly for the men's choir which sings this medieval service every Sunday night in the Cathedral. The CD takes its name from a work inspired by Bunraku—Japanese puppet theatre. Here the music unfolds in three dreams, accompanied by percussion, shakuhachi, narrator, and harp. Surrounding this work are nine anthems for various seasons of the liturgical year; many are richly accompanied, such as The Dawning and Jubilemus Omnes, with five cellos.
Cathedral Anthems: Music by Peter Hallock - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks
Hallock: Cathedral Anthems/Choral Arts
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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. 
 
To listen to this disc is to be in the grip of a great magnetic force...visionary... breathtaking in every way.
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ournal of the Association of Anglican Musicians
 
The Compline Choir
I Will Meditate/Compline Choir/Anderson
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The worldwide revival of Compline, a late-night service dating from early Christian times, began with this choir and the vision of its founder, Peter Hallock. Today, hundreds of young people fill Saint Mark’s Cathedral (Seattle) every Sunday night to hear this choir, and they are joined by thousands who hear Compline over radio and the Internet. This recording honors the musical craft of Peter Hallock and Richard Proulx, who wrote much of the music sung by this choir since its founding in the mid-1950s.
   
 
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