Three Prayers

Latin Motet

Choir: SSAATTBB

Catalogue Number: 

1003

Duration:

12:00

Year written: 

1992

First performed:

Thursday, December 16, 1993

1. Ave Maria, 2. Et Exaltabo Te, 3. Pater Noster. Written for London Concord Singers - The Ave Maria is based on the dialogue between Gabriel and Mary, expanding into a cry from the entire congregation at the words "Sancta Maria". Et Exaltabo Te is a simple song, setting part of Psalm 29, written for Soprano solo (or group of Sopranos) accompanied by choir. The Pater Noster opens with a figure based on the sound of a congregation muttering the prayer to itself. Over this is floated a lyrical setting of the words for Soprano and Alto in canon. Despite being performed in Latin, the prayer is set in the Anglican version with the final two lines by St. Augustine.