Duration: 3'15" |
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
The Preces and Responses in F, based on the Orlando Gibbons Songs (nos 1, 9, 13, 22 and 34), go some way to compensate for the fact that Gibbons did not compose a complete set of Preces and Responses. In this new set, although some rhythmic and structural liberties have been taken, the sacred tunes are entirely authentic, with the addition of some discreet English cadences and the odd Italianate flourish, all of which are in keeping with the time.
These Preces and Responses are tuneful, highly accessible, and can be managed by choirs of limited ability, with a straight-forward role for the priest, and scored for SATB with only optional divisions. Singers can also have fun in guessing which tunes are being used and where they occur!
They will make a very welcome addition to the choral repertory for Evensong.