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A Choral Sequence from the St John Passion
SATB Organ Percussion Vocal Score

Series: Sacred Choral
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Voicing: SATB AND ORGAN
Format: Softcover
Composer: James MacMillan



This 17-minute choral sequence is scored for mixed chorus and organ, with optional percussion, and presents five of the Latin motets' which occur at the end of movements in MacMillan's St John Passion (2007): 'Astiterunt reges terrin', 'Judas, mercator pessimus', 'Peccantem me quotidie', 'Crucifixus etiam pro nobis', 'Stabat Mater'. In the last of these MacMillan quotes Bach's Passion Chorale'; Bach's original is therefore included as an optional opening movement in the sequence, to be sung in German or English.

The sequence was selected by Nigel Perrin (Bath Camerata), who comments, I chose these movements because they stand on their own and are effective as 'motets' with organ accompaniment. The order of movements forms a sort of chronological sequence. Although the keys do not relate I felt that this did not matter as each movement is completely different, creating its own sound-world and emotion. I have not added to the original settings; rather, I have removed material so that the choral construction can stand alone.

A Choral Sequence from the St John Passion represents a significant addition to the repertory of devotional works for Passiontide and is appropriate for church and concert performance alike.

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Item #: 048024592
Product Code or ISBN: 9781540050298
UPC: 888680931285
Pages: 56