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Summae Trinitati

2009; SATB choir, brass, timpani & organ; composed for the installation of Vincent Nichols, to whom the work is dedicated, as Archbishop of Westminster on 21 May 2009
author of text
Responsory for the Solemn Reception of an Archbishop

Summae Trinitati was written for Westminster Cathedral, for the installation of the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols as Archbishop of Westminster in May 2009. Like Tu es Petrus it is scored for voices, brass, timpani and organ and has Coronation service ‘wow’ factor. The text is the Responsory for the Solemn Reception of an Archbishop, and the fanfare with which it begins made a huge impression as the new Archbishop entered the great west doors of the cathedral. There are three sections, the central one gentler and using MacMillan’s familiar ornamental chant.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2013

Summae Trinitati fut écrit à l’intention du chœur de Westminster, pour l’installation du Révérendissime Vincent Nichols comme archevêque de Westminster, en mai 2009. À l’instar de Tu es Petrus, cette œuvre est pour voix, cuivres, timbales et orgue et a tout le «grandiose» d’un service de couronnement. Le texte est un répons pour la réception solennelle d’un archevêque et la fanfare inaugurale fit sensation quand le nouvel archevêque franchit les imposantes portes occidentales de la cathédrale. Il y a trois sections, la centrale étant la plus douce, avec un recours au plain-chant ornemental cher à MacMillan.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Spicer © 2013
Français: Hypérion

Summae Trinitati entstand für die Westminster Cathedral anlässlich der Einsetzung des Most Reverend Vincent Nichols zum Erzbischof zu Westminster im Mai 2009. Ebenso wie Tu es Petrus ist es für Stimmen, Blechbläser, Pauken und Orgel angelegt und spiegelt den besonderen Effekt eines Krönungsgottesdienstes wider. Der Text ist das Responsorium für den heiligen Empfang eines Erzbischofs und die Fanfare zu Beginn sorgte für großen Eindruck, als der neue Erzbischof die Kathedrale durch das große Westportal betrat. Das Werk ist dreiteilig angelegt, wobei der mittlere Abschnitt sanfter gehalten ist und von MacMillans bekanntem ornamentalen Cantus planus Gebrauch macht.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Spicer © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA67970Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA67970 [4'54]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67970 track 6

Recording date
11 July 2012
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion monthly sampler – June 2013 (HYP201306)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 2013
    Download-only monthly sampler
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