Unison voices, SATB choir, organ, piano reduction - Beginning
Jesu! Dulcis Memoria / Prayer for a New Mother / The Birds. Composed by Richard Shephard. Christmastide, All Souls, Mary Mother of God, Holy Family. Royal School of Church Music. Sacred. Octavo. 12 pages. GIA Publications #6001. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-6001).
Item Number: GI.G-6001
English, Latin. Text Source: 1. ca. 12th c., tr. J. M. Neale, E. Caswall and R. Palmer, 2. Dorothy Parker, 3. Hilaire Belloc. Text by Dorothy Parker.
This miniature collection of modern masterpieces is well worth a place in every serious church musician's choral library:
"Jesu! Dulcis Memoria" is a luscious anthem for SATB voices and treble solo alternating between sections a cappella and with organ. Excellent intonation required to wed these exquisite verses.
"Prayer for a New Mother" with text by the inimitable American author and sparkling wit Dorothy Parker is for unison voices, or would make an equally provocative and stunning art song for a solo voice.
"The Birds" with words by the prolific Anglo-French master Hilaire Belloc is worthy of impeccable performance of the highest rank: "When Jesus Christ was four years old, The angels brought him toys of gold&hellip,"
This set is a pure jewel to be enjoyed and performed in a variety of creative liturgical and concert settings.