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Tu es Petrus
composer
2010; SATB choir, brass, timpani, percussion & organ; written for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, to whom the work is dedicated, to Westminster Cathedral in 2010
author of text
Matthew 16: 18-19

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'MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works' (CDA67970)
MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works
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Tu es Petrus
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Tu es Petrus was written for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Westminster Cathedral in 2010. The text—‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church’—was the perfect choice for the visit of St Peter’s successor. This is a great occasional piece for a ceremonial occasion. MacMillan wrote of it: ‘As an ex-brass player myself, who loves writing for voices, it was very exciting to be invited to combine the two sounds with percussion and organ in Tu es Petrus and, the previous year, in Summae Trinitati. It was with immense pride that I wrote this work for the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the Cathedral. Martin Baker had remembered a particular percussion sound in an earlier work of mine The Birds of Rhiannon which involved beating on large metal sheets, and we discussed their use in this piece. In the end I decided against them as I didn’t want to terrify the Pope! The piece is noisy enough as it stands, and I remember being taken aback at the rehearsal when the tumult filled the Cathedral.’

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2013

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