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.