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'Amen' is the conclusion of every Christian prayer and this piece sets the single word many times. Two spatially separated four-voice choirs explore a kaleidoscopic vocal texture in a similar way to The Lord’s Prayer – the effect is one of changing patterns of light and shade. Yet again, the tonal ambivalence of the ‘English’ cadence infuses the whole piece, and at the end the motif and its inversion are audibly presented as an ecstatic coda.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2005

Recordings

Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music
CDA67507

Track-specific metadata for CDA67507 track 14

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-50714
Duration
8'24
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
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  1. Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music (CDA67507)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: June 2005
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