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Daylight declines

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A commission from the Netherlands Cantatrix Choir, this text is by the 16th-century Wacław z Szamotuł in a translation by Marek Żebrowski. There is an element of a Compline prayer in the requests for protection through the approaching night. The music is a soothing treatment of the text, using reflected scales between opposing voice-parts, hovering around the plainchant Mode 1 which Łukaszewski has also employed in his Responsoria tenebrae. Drone-fifths are predominant in the bass part and the declining daylight is evoked by falling triplet figuration throughout the voices, and a noticeable hint of the Lydian mode with its jagged sharpened fourths. The listener can hear a familiarity in this composer’s conventional use of key-areas and modes, but unexpected shifts to new tonal territory always lurk around the corner.

from notes by Greg Murray © 2018


Łukaszewski: Daylight declines & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD521Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD521 [4'54] Download only

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Recording date
12 May 2016
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Łukaszewski: Daylight declines & other choral works (SIGCD521)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: June 2018
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