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Coventry Antiphon
First line:
My house shall be called an house of prayer for all people
composer
25 December 1961; SATB + organ; composed on Christmas Day 1961 for the May 1962 service of dedication for the new Coventry Cathedral
author of text
Isaiah 56: 7; Haggai 2: 9

Recordings
'Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works' (CDA67853)
Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works
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Coventry Antiphon
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Inscribed on a tablet set into the face of the ruined tower of Coventry’s old cathedral, reduced to a burnt-out shell in the German bombing of the city during the night of 14 November 1940, are verses from the Old Testament prophecy of Haggai: ‘The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace …’ In the Coventry Antiphon, composed on Christmas Day 1961 for the service of dedication of Basil Spence’s new cathedral in May 1962, Howells frames these words with a verse from Isaiah 56: ‘My house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.’

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2011

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