Duration: 3'45" |
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Juxtaposing a George Herbert poem (The Starre) with the Veni Creator Spiritus text and plainsong melody, this anthem is structured like a troped hymn. The texts are complementary and contrasted. That contrast is mirrored in the music; there are moments of word-painting and a few harmonic surprises, mostly to colour particular syllables. There is one very short de-synchronised moment where recitative style in the tenor part is set between regular note-values. The overall effect is layered and rhapsodic.