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O Holy of Holies

composer
1995
author of text
Additional Advent Antiphon (France, 18th century)

 
O Holy of Holies represents a sidestep into a highly expressionistic soundworld, with echoes from the preceding Advent antiphons of the refrain ‘Come, Lord Jesu’. All the familiar elements of Pitts’s cross-relational and added-note harmony are present within a slow-moving harmonic framework, but the dissonance treatment in this short antiphon is particularly uncompromising – a feature which continues right up to the unresolved final chord. The effect of the piece, in keeping with the text, is of something which awaits a conclusion.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2005

Recordings

Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music
CDA67507

Details

Track 13 on CDA67507 [4'16]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67507 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-50713
Duration
4'16
Recording date
19 September 2000
Recording venue
St Peter and St Paul, Wadhust, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Cotton
Recording engineer
Geoff Miles
Hyperion usage
  1. Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music (CDA67507)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 2005
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