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The Lord's Prayer

First line:
Our Father, which art in heaven
2015; SSAATTBB; written for Patrick Allies and Siglo de Oro
author of text
Matthew 6: 9-13

This setting from 2015 of the best-known Christian prayer—notoriously hard to set to music successfully—is, like Upheld by stillness, a new piece inspired by an old one. In this case the old piece is John Sheppard’s own setting of the Lord’s Prayer, written in the mid-sixteenth century; Park was commissioned to write his reflection on it for the choir Siglo de Oro’s ‘John Sheppard at 500’ celebration. Sheppard’s music is heard at various points in the piece, sometimes in fairly literal form, sometimes fragmentary or distorted as if half-remembered from a dream. The sections which are wholly new are based in part on a technique known as bitonality—used in a not dissimilar way to Elgar’s part-song There is sweet music—where fragments of music (or just single chords) in different keys are juxtaposed or superimposed to create a special effect, in this case an atmospheric and slightly enigmatic one which is wholly the composer’s own.

from notes by John Rutter © 2018


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


Track 13 on CDA68191 [6'20]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68191 track 13

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 13
    Release date: September 2018
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