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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]

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