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Christe, qui lux es et dies I

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Office Hymn at Compline

Robert White (whose short but successful career took him to Trinity College, Cambridge, Ely Cathedral and Westminster Abbey) composed four settings of the Lenten Compline hymn Christe, qui lux es et dies, all based on the traditional chant melody. This, his first, is an understated exercise in textural contrast, alternating single-voice chant with a five-voice chordal texture. Subtle changes in harmony gently colour each verse of the text, but the voices remain homophonic throughout, with only one instance of a voice moving separately from the rest—in the middle polyphonic verse, at the end of the important phrase ‘Cor ad te semper vigilet’ (‘Keep our hearts forever awake to you’).

from notes by Owain Park © 2018


A Song of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD281Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
English Motets
Studio Master: CDA68256Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
COLCD125Download only
Studio Master: SDG720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
White: Sacred Music
SIGCD134Download only


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Track 3 on SIGCD281 [4'29] Download only

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