Paul Johnson. Sacred Choral Music and Solo Songs
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The Prioress in Spring

Composer: Paul Johnson. Performed by : Cambridge Voices
ʻThe Prioress in Springʼ CD takes its title from Chaucerʼs Madame Eglentyne, the starting point for a song cycle to medieval texts for high voice and organ. It was among the works heard during for the Centenary celebrations in 1997 at Walsingham. “. . .an enjoyable disc”, wrote Alan Bullard (Choir & Organ, July 2000), which “demonstrates the versatility of Paul Johnson in the field of vocal music”.

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The  Walsingham Centenary  Mass.
The Mass
for brass, choir and organ is based on a motif heard most clearly in the Kyrie and Sanctus. In the up-tempo Gloria it figures prominently in the organ part; finally it provides running bass for the more solemn Agnus Dei. Performances today would require adjustments resulting from the Vaticanʼs new English translation.

Placed within the Mass are two motets:
O Gloriosa Virginum, set for Double Choir and plainsong group, combines the Latin hymn with an English carol-type setting of its translation by Percy Dearmer.
The three different strands come together in a final verse. For the extended Amen, O Gloriosaʼs aeolian mode gives way to modern A major.

A simpler re-working of the above for SATB & Organ is available under the title O Glorious Maid. Of Corpus Christi the fountainhead, the late Michael Fleming wrote “ ..the composerʼs own words give rise to some very serene writing . . .warmly commended” (Church Music Quarterly, Jan. 1998) It is for SATB with some divisi.