This year at the Chichester Music Press

Happy new year! Here’s a quick look ahead to what’s coming up for the Chichester Music Press in 2012.

First of all, we’ll be publishing three new pieces by James Webb, of Blest Are The Pure In Heart fame. The first is an arrangement of Drop, Drop Slow Tears by Orlando Gibbons. The piece, which is normally sung by a full, unaccompanied choir, has been arranged by James for ladies’ voices (SSA). The second is also an arrangement for ladies’ voices, this time of Ein Kind Geboren zu Bethlehem, dedicated to his baby daughter who was born in September 2011. And his third is a setting of St Francis of Assisi‘s Preghiera davanti al Crocifisso (Prayer before the crucifix), a very simple setting for mostly unison voices and piano, which has been performed Assisi. All three pieces will be available in the early part of 2012.

A little later in the year, and on the subject of St Francis of Assisi, we’ll be publishing Neil Sands‘s setting of Francis’s prayer Canticle Of The Sun (also called Canticle Of The Creatures). It’s for SATB choir and organ. If performed in full it runs to about 20 minutes, but it’s made up of several self-contained sections, any of which can be removed to shorten the work.

The text, reminiscent of Benedicite, Omnia Opera, is written in the old Umbrian dialect of Italian, where K stands for modern CH. It does a tour of natural phenomena (sun, fire, death etc), exploring how God is praised in those things. Here’s a taster:

Praise be to thee, O God, through our sister Death of the body
from whose embrace no mortal can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Happy those she finds doing your holy will,
To whom the second death does no harm.

Before any of that though, we moving again. Don’t expect much action between now and January 13th. We’ll try to make the move as painless as possible for everyone – including us.

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About Neil Sands

Director of the Chichester Music Press. Astronomer.
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