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Hyperion Records

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Finale (detail) by David Jenks
Private Collection / Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
Track(s) taken from CDA67507
Recording details: September 2000
St Peter and St Paul, Wadhust, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Cotton
Engineered by Geoff Miles
Release date: June 2005
Total duration: 2 minutes 16 seconds

The First and Last
author of text
Revelation 1: 13-18

Set in the robust genre of a worship-song The First and Last makes only passing reference to Pitts’s characteristic devices of added-note harmonies and cross relations. The text describes St John’s vision of the living Lord and is given an unrelenting rhythmic impetus that drives the music inexorably towards an optimistic and colourful conclusion. The seven lamps of the first verse represent the seven churches of Asia Minor, and the seven stars their bishops.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2005

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