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Track(s) taken from CDA66678

Alleluia, laudate pueri Dominum

October 1971
author of text
Psalm 113: 1

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Recording details: July 1993
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 12 seconds


'The choir sing with their customary splendour and assurance' (Gramophone)
After Bairstow's death in 1946, Francis Jackson (b1917) succeeded him as organist of York Minster. Dr Jackson had been one of Bairstow's pupils and was to remain organist at York until his retirement in 1982. He has been awarded honorary Fellowships of the Royal School of Church Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He was awarded an OBE in 1978 and in addition to his D.Mus from the University of Durham (gained in 1957) he was awarded the Doctorate of York University and the Order of Saint William of York.

As an organ recitalist, Dr Jackson has travelled widely, both in this country and abroad. He has composed extensively for the organ and his musical output also includes an organ concerto, a symphony, an overture, two monodramas, and much choral music. The double-choir anthem Alleluia, laudate pueri Dominum was composed in October 1971 for Andrew Carter and the Chapter House Choir at York.

Following the opening rhythmic fanfare, the syllables of 'alleluia' are split up and sung by each of the voices in turn; this device is used in a number of different ways throughout the work. There are also dramatic key changes and a simple but energetic melody is used for the words 'laudate nomen Domini'. This melody is passed through the voices, gathering strength before its final triumphal appearance towards the end of the anthem.

from notes by William McVicker © 1994

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