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The title is French for the spiral form of a snail’s shell and is most commonly found in the form escalier en colimaçon, meaning a spiral staircase. Having first come across the expression in the work of Jacques Prévert, the word obviously remained in my subconscious and I was reminded of its meaning when composing Colimaçon for David Titterington in 1999, with its meandering circular form. Gratias tibi evolved as a choral ‘transcription’ of this work at a later date, the voice of the organ fragmented into a multitude of its human counterparts.

from notes by Tarik O'Regan © 2006


O'Regan: Voices
COLCD130Download only


Track 14 on COLCD130 [3'22] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD130 track 14

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 14
    Release date: March 2006
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