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.
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.
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.