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Scapulis suis

19 February 1947; SSAATTBB
author of text
Psalm 91: 4; Offertory on the first Sunday of Lent

George Malcolm was an accomplished harpsichordist as well as a conductor and choir trainer, and consequently his knowledge of early music was extensive. In his luxuriantly textured setting of Scapulis suis for use at Mass on the First Sunday of Lent, Malcolm drew heavily on the style of late-Renaissance Continental polyphony, and seasoned it with twentieth-century nostalgic modality. This type of modality is also present in the organ hamonizations of plainchant that are a feature of the day-to-day liturgical work in Westminster Cathedral.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

Claveciniste accompli, chef d’orchestre et maître de chœur, George Malcolm était un très grand connaisseur de la musique ancienne. Pour mettre en musique cette œuvre de texture somptueuse destinée à la messe du premier dimanche de Carême qu’est Scapulis suis, il s’appuya largement sur le style polyphonique continental de la fin de la Renaissance, assaisonné d’une nostalgique modalité vingtiémiste également perceptible dans les harmonisations organistiques du plain-chant, lesquelles sont une caractéristique du travail liturgique accompli chaque jour à la cathédrale de Westminster.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Summerly © 2013
Français: Hypérion

George Malcolm war ein versierter Cembalist, Dirigent und Chorleiter, und seine Kenntnis besonders der Alten Musik war dementsprechend umfangreich. In seiner prächtigen Vertonung des Scapulis suis für die Messe zum ersten Sonntag der Fastenzeit bediente Malcolm sich des Stils der kontinentalen Polyphonie der Spätrenaissance und würzte dies mit nostalgischer Modalität des 20. Jahrhunderts. Diese Art von Modalität findet sich auch in den Orgel-Harmonisierungen von Gregorianischen Chorälen, die in der Alltagsliturgie in der Westminster Cathedral zum Einsatz kommen.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Summerly © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Studio Master: CDA67938Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA67938 [4'11]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67938 track 6

Recording date
5 October 2011
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Miserere (CDA67938)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2013
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