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1. In Flanders Fields
Laurence Caldecote

Duration: 1'45"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Easy/Medium
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In 2012, and with the WWI cententary approaching, I wanted to write a new remembrance piece, dedicated to those from the British colonies who had fought for the Allies in many parts of the world. I was particularly minded to set In Flanders Fields, as it was written by a Canadian serving in Europe. Having read it a few times, the music soon followed and it was written within 48 hours. Whilst there is a melancholy feel conveyed through the various dissonances, there is also a sense of hope. Peace and stillness are conveyed through the use of simple rhythms.


2. North Walsham Service
Laurence Caldecote

Duration: 6'20"
Ensemble: ATB organ
Grading: Easy/Medium
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The North Walsham Service was commissioned in January 2014, for ATB and organ. I wanted to make it a very user-friendly setting that would be at home in a parish church context, but would also suit a cathedral context. Although through-composed, there are definite themes in the voices and the accompaniment, and a good range of textures used. It is tuneful and memorable, adding to its appeal.


3. I heard the voice of Jesus say
Laurence Caldecote

Duration: 3'30"
Ensemble: SATB organ
Grading: Easy/Medium
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I like to write new settings of familiar hymn texts. This text is very special for the friend this is dedicated to.

The text lends itself to quite an English folksong-style tune and harmony. The accompaniment reflects the relaxed nature. Unison voices creates a sense of strength whilst the harmony verse adds interest and each part is given an interesting line, the descant in the final verse capping the piece well. I wrote it to be accessible and flexible.


4. Missa Brevis in G
Laurence Caldecote

Duration: 6'45"
Ensemble: SATB organ
Grading: Easy/Medium
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The Missa Brevis in G is suitable for general use, as well as more festal occasions. The material is derived from the simple incantation of the Gloria, which can heard at various points in the Gloria. This theme is hinted at in the Sanctus and Benedictus - both movements having a gentle sway, mirroring the sway of the thurible. The gentle Agnus Dei affords the chance for soloists or a small group to sing the first part and the remainder to join in the later sections. The harmony is clean and simple, with a few occasional deviations, is very approachable and memorable, and not overly complicated.


5. Jericho Service
Laurence Caldecote

Duration: 9'00"
Ensemble: Trebles divisi organ
Grading: Easy
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I was commissioned by Tom Edwards to write a new communion service setting for the top line of girls in his choir. The opening motif in the Kyrie is found throughout the setting, giving it a more modal feel. To make it a flexible setting, it is possible for mens' voices to perform this, or indeed a full two-part setting with sopranos and tenors taking the top line, altos and basses taking the bottom line.


6. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D Minor
Laurence Caldecote

Duration: 7'15"
Ensemble: SATB organ
Grading: Medium
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The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis was conceived as a homage to Howells. The various voices each have their turn, representing the different moods of the lines of the text and Mary's response. It's not until "he hath showed strength with his arm" that all four parts sing together.

There is plenty of strong unison to emphasise the occasions where there is harmony. The organ part gently supports the voices but does have the odd moment where it can shine.

A most accessible setting but with a few tricky sections for singers to get their teeth into!