Veni Creator Spiritus - Rosemary Field

Duration: 3'45"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium/Difficult
CMP305 Full score £2.50

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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.