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Deus, portus pacis

2009; SSATB unaccompanied; commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund
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Deus, portus pacis (2009) is a setting of a medieval poem written in the early fifteenth century by John Walton, translator and Augustinian canon of Oseney Abbey, Oxford. In McDowall’s contemplative, spaciously conceived approach, freely expressive lines contrast effectively with a chordal treatment of the reiterated, crucial word ‘pacis’ (‘peace’). Modal harmonic inflections complement the archaic text, yet the overriding musical language is palpably of our time. Commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund (now Help Musicians UK), Deus, portus pacis was first performed by the combined choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

from notes by Paul Conway © 2021


McDowall: Sacred choral music
Studio Master: CDA68251Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on CDA68251 [5'56]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68251 track 5

Recording date
14 January 2018
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. McDowall: Sacred choral music (CDA68251)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: April 2021
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