Paul Johnson. Sacred Choral Music and Solo Songs
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ANTHEMS & MOTETS

AMICE CHRISTI, The Prince of Peace. SATB Unacc. Text; 15th Century, in honour of St. John the Evangelist, 'the beloved disciple'. Unpublished. Pdf in preparation. Recorded on Lamm 110D

CORPUS CHRISTI THE FOUNTAINHEAD.
SSATB with Soprano solo.

Premiered at Walsingham in 1998, to the composer's text: In the presence of the Lord With blessed Mary's only Son let our thoughts be stilled, in form of living bread: That our hearts may be open, Corpus Christi, for all mankind that our souls may be filled the sacred fountainhead.
Revised for a performance by the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge at All Saints 'Church, King's Lynn, June 29th 2014

A HYMN TO JESUS. Treble Voices and organ. Unison and Twopart versions available in hard copy from the composer. Text: Richard of Caister.

This anthem won an RSCM Prize and was sung in Norwich Cathedral on the first BBC Choral Evensong to feature a Girls' Choir. Paul Johnson later included it as part of his Chaucerian song cycle 'Madam Eglentyne in Spring'.

SPIRIT OF MERCY. SATB with Plainsong group and Organ.

Composed fo rNigel Kerry and the Choir of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge, who gave its first performance on Whitsunday, 2008. The work blends the plainsong lines of 'Veni Creator Spiritus' (sung in English) with the full Choir's homophonic setting of the English text.

O GLORIOSA VIRGINUM. SATB with divisi.

As with the previous work, this more complex anthem combines unmeasured plainsong with carol-like English verses. The plainsong often sets syllables with two notes, “duples”, but at the end of the verses a “triple' occurs. This gives rise to a 'hemiola' rhythm which becomes the rhythmic basis of the final Amen. Modal harmony prevails throughout until the Amen, when there is an unexpected switch to A major harmony. This brings the work to a serene conclusion.

THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN.
Double SATB and Organ.

A much simplified re-working of the above, with the organ supplying much of the music originally sung by Choir 2.
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