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On eagles' wings

First line:
Like an eagle that hovers o’er its young
composer
commissioned by Alex Mason for the St Davids Cathedral Festival in 2008 and first performed on 28 May 2008; dedicated to Andrew Speedy
author of text
Deuteronomy, Isaiah & Psalm 40, compiled by Andrew Speedy

 
My inspiration for this work lay in the many references in the Bible to eagles: strength being renewed like the eagle’s, parents hovering under their young as they learn to fly, and the idea of 'soaring like eagles'. The anthem first introduces fragments of the main theme, sometimes in quasi-recitative style, perhaps evoking an eaglet’s early attempts to fly. When the melody eventually appears in its entirety it is both powerful and uplifting; with a range of an octave and a half, it reaches a climax with the words 'I will soar on eagles’ wings'. The counter-melody beginning 'He has lifted me up' and the overall harmonic structure derive from a jazz/big band composition from my student days; indeed, there were two versions of the world premiere at St Davids Cathedral in 2008—one with choir and organ and another with double bass and jazz piano, played by myself and renowned jazz musician Joe Stilgoe.

from notes by Alexander L'Estrange © 2016

Recordings

L'Estrange: On eagles' wings & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD454Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 7 on SIGCD454 [4'50] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD454 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-16-45407
Duration
4'50
Recording date
17 April 2015
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. L'Estrange: On eagles' wings & other sacred music (SIGCD454)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 2016
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