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A Thousand Years

completed 1 November 1999; for James O’Donnell & The Choir of Westminster Cathedral
author of text
verses from 2 Peter, Job, John, Zechariah, Genesis, Matthew, 1 Thessalonians, Daniel, Hosea, Isaiah and 1 Corinthians

Directness of text setting is at a premium in A Thousand Years. Time is simultaneously suspended and set in motion from the outset, and out of that dynamic stasis arises incarnation. The chanted second section reverses the temporal perspective of the first section, and plays with natural speech rhythms onto which are grafted dancing polyrhythms; the powerful hanging ending is a portrayal of human confusion, itself a direct reference to a musical gesture devised by Mark Edgley Smith when setting a self-contradictory poem by E E Cummings.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2008


Pitts: Alpha and Omega
Studio Master: CDA67668Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Part 1: a day is like a thousand years …
Track 4 on CDA67668 [3'48]
Part 2: … and a thousand years like one day
Track 5 on CDA67668 [4'02]

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