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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.


5. Absalon Fili Mi
Graham Keitch

Duration: 3'15"
Ensemble: SSATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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King David's grief over the loss of his son Absalom is enacted through the text of the motet, Absalon fili mi. This short setting is one of several works composed for David and Judith Acres who requested the text to be set for their upper voices choir, Contrapunctus Early Music. They gave the first performance at St John the Evangelist Cathedral, Cleveland, OH in April 2016. The full choir edition published here was intended for one of the Acres' other choirs, The King's Counterpoint, based in Charleston, SC. It was first sung by them during an all-Keitch evensong at Wells Cathedral a few months later.

The text has no specific place in the liturgical calendar and can be sung throughout most of the year. However, King David's outpouring of grief at the loss of his dear son draws a parallel with the mood of Passion Week when Christians reflect on Christ's suffering and death on the cross. The story of King David is familiar in the secular world too and the work is equally at home as a concert item.

Keitch's treatment of this powerful text reflects the restraint and sensitivity that has become the hallmark of his work and the Anglican choral tradition in general. The choir loved singing this piece, and the first night's audience demanded an encore! - David Acres

6. Justorum animae
Graham Keitch

Duration: 3'00"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Easy/Medium
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The souls of the just are in the hand of God is used throughout the year to commemorate saints and those who have given their lives in the course of public duty and service. This motet is relatively straight forward and is suitable for choirs looking for a modern alternative to the more familiar settings of these words.

The motet was first heard in Toronto (Cantabile Chamber Singers, 2014) while the UK premiere took place during the Brandenburg Choral Festival in London (Fisher Consort, 2017). The Amuse Singers gave the first US performance during their 2017 New York concert season. The first cathedral outing took place the same year at St John the Divine Cathedral, New York. Cambridge choral scholars Concanenda recorded the work for their In memoriam EP and more recently it was recorded by Cantate for the EM Records CD, Guardian of Heaven (EMR CD061).


7. O magnum mysterium
Graham Keitch

Duration: 3'00"
Ensemble: SSATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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This setting of O magnum mysterium was composed for Michael Graham and the University of Exeter Chapel choir. It was first performed at a Christmas Concert given by the choir in December 2015. The chapel choir has sung it on a number of occasions since during chapel evensong and also in Exeter Cathedral. It was included in their tour of Malta June 2016 when it was sung at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Valletta during a special concert and evensong for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday.

The US premiere took place in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Lincoln, Nebraska when it was sung by Dulces Voces in December 2018.

The motet has also been sung elsewhere during Midnight Mass for which this peaceful and haunting setting is well suited, aided by a few bars of quasi plainsong. The piece concludes with a joyous alleluia.

Click for rehearsal tracks from Kinnison Choral Co.


8. The Beatitudes
Graham Keitch

Duration: 5'00"
Ensemble: Trebles organ
Grading: Easy/Medium
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This setting of The Beatitudes for divided trebles and organ was composed during the spring of 2021 when many choirs faced uncertainty and depleted resources due to lockdown restrictions. Although intended for choir, the setting works equally well with two singers.

The anthem maintains a steady and flowing pace with repeating motives in the accompaniment. It concludes in an exciting and uplifting manner in response to the words 'Rejoice and be glad. Great is your reward in heaven'.

The text is well know and comes from the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel by Matthew. The anthem is suitable for liturgical use throughout most of the year, and also other events such as weddings and concerts.

Recording here is by Alexandra Burch.