Duration: 7'15" |
Ensemble: SATB organ
The Peel Service was commissioned by Dr Peter Litman for the choir of St. German's Cathedral, Peel on the Isle of Man. The brief was to write an approachable setting of the evening canticles with vocal and organ parts that weren't too demanding. The end result is a simple, melodic, yet effective setting with some dramatic sections. At first glance, some of the organ writing seems technically difficult, but actually follows similar patterns which are easy to play once under the fingers with no difficult changes of hand position. In a similar vein, most of the more difficult vocal entries are either in unision, or doubled two-part harmony between the sopranos/tenors and altos/basses. It is always a challenge to simplify ideas and restrain one's writing, but was a service I enjoyed writing immensely.