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Justorum animae

2017; SSATBB; written for Stephen Layton and Trinity College Choir Cambridge
author of text
Wisdom 3: 1-2a, 3b

The following three pieces constitute a group of Latin motets which set the same texts chosen by Charles Villiers Stanford, organist of Trinity College and Professor of Music at Cambridge, for his own three motets written for Trinity College Choir and published in 1905. Stanford’s texts were bold choices, being in Latin—a language happily accepted in today’s Anglican church but disallowed then except at Oxford, Cambridge, Eton and Winchester.

This is the second piece in order of composition, written in 2017 for Trinity College Choir. Park’s Justorum animae embodies an old technique made new: imitative polyphony, where the same melody, with some variation, is passed around from voice to voice in constant interplay. In this case, the melodic line is eventually transformed from the slightly uneasy form in which we hear it at the opening to a beatific tranquillity, as the souls of the righteous attain everlasting peace after a journey through travail.

from notes by John Rutter © 2018


Park: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68191Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on CDA68191 [4'23]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68191 track 9

Recording date
7 July 2017
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Park: Choral works (CDA68191)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2018
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