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Eric Whitacre (b1970)


The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor) Detailed performer information
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Label: Gimell
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: March 2013
Total duration: 8 minutes 37 seconds

Cover artwork: A late 15th-century stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle.
© Jean Feuillie/CMN, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle was commissioned by The Tallis Scholars to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The premiere was on 7 March 2013 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

I was thrilled and honoured when Peter Philips approached me with an invitation to write a piece in celebration of 40 years of The Tallis Scholars. At around the time of the invitation I visited Paris and was captivated by its sheer beauty, and particularly Sainte-Chapelle, the 13th-century 'Holy' chapel. Some 6,458 square feet of tall stained glass windows lead relentlessly to an intricate rose window within this mesmerising, Gothic edifice. I turned to my long-time friend, collaborator, poet and historian, Charles Anthony Silvestri to work on the text for the piece, and he crafted the story of an innocent young girl, hearing angels in the stained glass gently singing the 'Sanctus' text.

Eric Whitacre © 2013

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