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Columba aspexit

premiered in 2000
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The primary material in Columba aspexit is taken from the sequence of the same name ascribed to Hildegard von Bingen (1089–1178). By shifting tonal centre several times, the work plays on the modal ambiguity of the original sequence with its contrasting B flats and B naturals. The text utilised here, merely the first verse of nine, is not as peaceful in intent as may be first assumed from the translation of the title, ‘the dove peered in’. Hildegard uses the dove as a symbol of the Holy Ghost, hovering in the presence of St Maximin, a celebrant at Mass. The music develops at a flighty pace from the quiet quotation of the opening phrase. Columba aspexit was first performed in December 2000 by The Hildegard Choir of Oxford, conducted by Lucy Haigh.

from notes by Tarik O'Regan © 2006


O'Regan: Voices
COLCD130Download only


Track 7 on COLCD130 [2'28] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD130 track 7

Recording date
1 July 2005
Recording venue
Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Rutter
Recording engineer
John Rutter & David Millinger
Hyperion usage
  1. O'Regan: Voices (COLCD130)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: March 2006
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