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A Thousand Years

completed 1 November 1999; for James O’Donnell & The Choir of Westminster Cathedral
author of text
verses from 2 Peter, Job, John, Zechariah, Genesis, Matthew, 1 Thessalonians, Daniel, Hosea, Isaiah and 1 Corinthians

Directness of text setting is at a premium in A Thousand Years. Time is simultaneously suspended and set in motion from the outset, and out of that dynamic stasis arises incarnation. The chanted second section reverses the temporal perspective of the first section, and plays with natural speech rhythms onto which are grafted dancing polyrhythms; the powerful hanging ending is a portrayal of human confusion, itself a direct reference to a musical gesture devised by Mark Edgley Smith when setting a self-contradictory poem by E E Cummings.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2008


Pitts: Alpha and Omega
Studio Master: CDA67668Please, someone, buy me …Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Part 1: a day is like a thousand years …
Track 4 on CDA67668 [3'48] Please, someone, buy me …
Part 2: … and a thousand years like one day
Track 5 on CDA67668 [4'02] Please, someone, buy me …

Track-specific metadata for CDA67668 track 5

… and a thousand years like one day
Recording date
8 June 2007
Recording venue
Bromley Parish Church, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Stephen Rice
Recording engineer
Mike Skeet
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  1. Pitts: Alpha and Omega (CDA67668)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 2008
    Please, someone, buy me …
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