Christmas carol commissioned by the choir of Clare College Cambridge and first performed by them in December 2006 in the Herz–Jesu Kirche, Münich, under Tim Brown. Words anonymous, 15th century. A richly worked setting of this much–loved poem.
Treble voices (unison & two parts) | Organ | Duration: 2½ minutes each
These settings of two medieval prayers are strongly contrasted – the first canonic and concentrated, the second like a magic spell. The words of Panis angelicus are by Thomas Aquinas (1225–74); Anima Christi was known as the Prayer of St Patrick, and may have been written in seventh century Ireland.
This setting of the Eucharist, written for Clare College, Cambridge (where Swayne is composer-in-residence) uses the Order One version of the text, and contains the punchy rhythmic writing familiar from Swayne’s other choral music.
First performed in Minneapolis in February 2005 by the choir of Plymouth Congregational Church, conducted by Philip Brunelle. A companion–piece to Giles Swayne’s Magnificat II (GZ 044), this new setting – also in Latin – stresses the tender, valedictory nature of Simeon’s greeting.