Benedicite A new work comissioned by the University of Bristol, UK

BENEDICITE is a new choral work commissioned by the University of Bristol, UK, together with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Bristol and the Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. It is voiced for a SSAATTBB Choir.

Old Hispanic Chant

The work is based on an old manuscript of Hispanic Chant from the 9th & 10th century, which was the Christian liturgical music of the Iberian Peninsula. The liturgy, and thus the liturgical chant was different from the chant in Northern Italy, Rome or France.

This commission is from the 2016 Old Hispanic Chant Composition Competition, in which my work PACEM MEAM was named one of the winners. A perk of the competition was to work with the choir of the Cathedral of Oxford. In working with these gifted musicians, I learned much from my own piece and from the works of other composers. It was the experience of a life-time.

BENEDICITE lasts 14 minutes and is the largest choral piece I have ever written. It combines sounds and inspiration from the past while showing them in a fresh way. The text "The Canticle of the Three Young Men" or "The Canticle of Daniel" has been used in Christian liturgy for centuries. This work is a monument of praise and thanksgiving to God, the creator of all things.

BENEDICITE will be premiered on Saturday, May 20th at the Cathedral of Bristol, UK.

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Created By
Francisco Carbonell

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