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All the ends of the earth

First line:
1999; based on Perotin's Viderunt omnes
author of text
texts collated by Judith Weir

All the ends of the earth, for chorus, percussion and harp, was written for the BBC Singers as part of a Europe-wide radio broadcast on Millennium Day, 1 January 2000 celebrating the 1000-year old music of Perotin, on whose motet Viderunt omnes this composition is based.

Perotin’s original, for four male voices, is based on a cantus firmus made up of pillar-like syllables which are widely spaced at first, but later succeed each other more rapidly until they become continuous. I retained these syllables (sung by tenors and basses, reinforced by tuned percussion and harp) placed in exactly the same bars as they appear in the Perotin. But I replaced Perotin’s upper voices with completely new, free-flowing music for sopranos and altos, who sing (in various solo and chorus combinations) a text known as the Alleluyatic Sequence, based on Psalm 148 (whose words I have also set elsewhere) which hymns the wonders of creation and the natural world. The texture, sparse at first, gradually builds into two richly polyphonic climaxes.

from notes by Judith Weir © 2015


All the ends of the earth
SIGCD070Download only
Weir: Storm & other choral works
SIGCD421Download only


Track 1 on SIGCD070 [8'48] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD421 [8'56] Download only

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