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1. Nunc laudare debemus
Graham Keitch

Duration: 4'00"
Ensemble: SSATB or SAATB unaccompanied
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Now [we] must honour the guardian of heaven,
the might of the architect, and his purpose,
the work of the father of glory, as he,
the eternal lord, established the beginning of wonders;
he first created for the children of men
heaven as a roof, the holy creator
Then the guardian of mankind,
the eternal lord, afterwards appointed the middle earth,
the lands for men, the Lord almighty.

The City of Gloucester marked the 1100th anniversary of the death of Queen Aethelflaed with various events which ended with a commemorative evensong in the cathedral on June 12th 2018 when Nunc laudare debemus was first sung. Aethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred the Great, helped shape the United Kingdom as we know it today. She died in 918 and is buried at St Oswald's Priory, near Gloucester Cathedral. The motet was commissioned for the 2018 commemorations and was well received, resulting in a second performance by Gaudeamus at the Gloucester Music Festival 2018 in the cathedral a few weeks later.

The text is Bede's 8th century Latin translation of Caedmon's Hymn, an early Anglo-Saxon poem celebrating 'God the Creator and Guardian'. The motet is composed in a gentle, lyrical, polyphonic style and is suitable for liturgical or concert use throughout the year.


2. O nata lux
Graham Keitch

Duration: 3'45"
Ensemble: Divided SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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This setting of O nata lux (O Light born of Light) was first sung by Antiphon in Exeter Cathedral, January 2016 and subsequently in concert at Buckfast Abbey. It is also recorded on their O my people CD (Willowhayne Records Ltd, WHR038CDFP) from which these notes by David Davies are taken.

'O nata lux celebrates an ecstatic text for the Feast of the Transfiguration. Keitch's expansive musical language unfolds with effective dialogue between choral textures of varying sizes, and while one senses the world of medieval monophony is never far away, the piece is shot through with richness of sound and a keen ear to the text.'

The motet is suitable for liturgical or concert use most times of the year.


3. The Church is built upon the earthly stone
Graham Keitch

Duration: 3'15"
Ensemble: SSATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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This SSATB motet is a setting of words that are immediately familiar; the Church was founded on precious stones, 'the prophets, apostles and holy martyrs'. The theme appears frequently throughout the liturgical year which provides many opportunities for the motet to be sung. The text is a recent transcription by Gabriel Aydin of an ancient Syriac hymn from the School of Edessa. It speaks literally, to a foundational grounding in faith. The words 'the bars of Sheol did not and will not overcome it' remind us of the Archangel Michael's triumph over evil, while 'hallelujah' frames the Eucharistic rite. Ultimately, it is the truth that lies at the very heart of the atonement, 'for the forgiveness of sins', which brings the motet to a reflective and peaceful conclusion.


4. Lully, Lullay
Graham Keitch

Duration: 4'00"
Ensemble: SSATB unaccompanied
Grading: Easy/Medium
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The well known words of Lully, Lullay (otherwise known as the 'Coventry Carol') date from the 16th century. They refer to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which King Herod ordered the slaughter of all infant males under the age of two in Bethlehem. This unaccompanied setting takes the form of a lullaby sung by the mothers of the unfortunate children. While settings of Lully, Lullay are often sung during Christmas carol services, the motet can be sung in the post Christmas-period of Epiphany. The popular text will also ensure it is equally at home as a concert piece at other times of the year too. Its origins can be traced back to the Coventry mystery play which was originally performed in the summer during the 1500s.