was composed in 1982, and is dedicated to the memory of one of Fissinger’s composition students and his wife, who were killed in a car accident. The composer combines familiar Gregorian motifs with cluster-chord harmonies, and introduces the work by assembling chords from the bottom upwards in a manner strongly reminiscent of Gustav Holst’s Nunc dimittis
. The female and male soloists, perhaps in representation of the ascended souls of the departed, fly free of the clustered choral textures.
from notes by Gabriel Crouch © 2011