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In these three works, Peace on Earth, See that I am God, and Pace, Errollyn Wallen reaches across centuries of traditions and cultures to create a journey of human reflection like no other; a musical journey that spans from the intimate to the majestic.
The three choral works on this EP continue the timeless tradition of reflecting on the human spirit through sung words. All three reach across centuries of traditions and cultures to mould their expression and they range from the intimate to the majestic.
Peace on Earth is a contemporary carol and a setting of my own words: the bleakness of winter in a turning, troubled world conveyed through a slowly spinning ostinato over which the voices sing (as they themselves hear other unseen voices sing) of the hope for light and peace.
See that I am God was commissioned by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral through the generosity of the Boltini fund. It was first performed in 2014 by St Paul’s Cathedral Consort to celebrate 20 years of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Church of England. The text is by Julian of Norwich, the 14th-century religious visionary, and her words inspired a dramatic setting where the consummate combination of voices and organ depicts the mystery and exhilaration of faith.
Pace is best understood as a single human breath; as a single line; as a world’s long, long journey to light.
As I have composed these pieces I have often dreamt of hearing them performed one day by King’s College Choir. That dream has been realised fully in this recording.
Errollyn Wallen © 2020