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The Preces and Responses
composer
1964; for Dennis Townhill and the choir of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
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Recordings
'The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67643)
The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey
Details
Part 1: The Preces  O Lord, open thou our lips
Part 2: The Responses  The Lord be with you

The Preces and Responses
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The Preces and Responses are by Kenneth Leighton, who spent much of his working life as lecturer and, later, Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh. Leighton composed much excellent choral music for the Anglican liturgy. His style combines astringent harmonic language with taut rhythms. Most importantly, he has a sure instinct for liturgical scale and practicality. These responses have gained a firm place in the repertory of many choirs, and include a particularly fine and expressive setting of The Lord’s Prayer.

from notes by James O'Donnell İ 2007

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