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O radiant dawn

2007; SATB; from the Strathclyde Motets II; dedicated to the Choir of St Columba's Church
author of text
Advent antiphon

Fervent longing for Christ is a prominent sentiment in James MacMillan’s O radiant dawn. 'Come' is repeated again and again as an ascending sequence, with crescendo-ing dynamics and increasing suspensions emphasising the desperation of the people. The opening statement of 'O radiant dawn' incorporates MacMillan’s characteristic ornamented vocal lines, later echoed in the final cadence, and their resolution from dissonance to consonance here may be an intentional musical representation of the conflicts resolved by Jesus’ coming.

from notes by Ghislaine Reece-Trapp © 2019


Now may we singen
Studio Master: SIGCD595Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD595 [4'23] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD595 track 4

Recording date
6 January 2018
Recording venue
Keble College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Now may we singen (SIGCD595)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2019
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