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The last invocation
The Last Invocation was composed in 1922 during Thompson’s student days, prior to his sojourn to the American Academy in Rome. Based on a text by Walt Whitman, the six-part a cappella setting displays many of the stylistic features that would continue throughout Thompson’s work over his entire career—predominantly tertial harmonies, imitative counterpoint, a fondness for suspensions and suspension chains, conjunct vocal lines and careful text underlay. The quiet, contemplative setting builds to a majestic, fortissimo climax for Whitman’s line ‘Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!’ before closing pianissimo at ‘Strong is your hold, O love’. Renaissance modal counterpoint and Baroque polyphony clearly serve as models even at this very early stage in Thompson’s development as a composer.

from notes by Morten Lauridsen 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67679 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-67910
Duration
6'00
Recording date
11 March 2008
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works (CDA67679)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 2008
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