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Annotated Compline
Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock

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Program and Notes
Annotated Compline
as sung at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Washington
The Organ Loft radio program, Roger Sherman, host
Interview with Peter R. Hallock, music director
Broadcast January 29, 1995

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.

Psalm 104 by Peter Hallock

An annotated version of Compline.

Psalm 97 by Peter Hallock
Peter Hallock interview with host, Roger Sherman.
Psalm 139 by Peter Hallock.
Psalm 150 by Peter Hallock and C. V. Stanford
Program Notes
Few musicians have been more important to modern Episcopal church music than Peter Hallock. 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his 40 years at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, he produced a remarkable legacy: a daunting number of published and unpublished compositions, including numerous motets as well as large-scale anthems with instrumental accompaniment.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.
At the Cathedral itself, Hallock's legacy includes the acquisition of the landmark Flentrop tracker organ, the weekly Compline service, the annual Messiah performances on period instruments (no longer done in this millenium), and a national reputation for the great musical tradition he brought about. The popularity of Compline at St. Mark's 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.
Now retired from St. Mark's Cathedral, Dr. Hallock serves as organist at St. Clement's Parish, Seattle, and continues as director of the prestigious Compline Choir.

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