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1. Virtue
Charles Paterson

Duration: 2'00"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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Virtue (Sweet day) was written in 2014 in response to a commission from Fr Simon Lumby (concert singer, organist, and conductor as well as parish priest) for his choir 8ctave, whose singers are all serving priests in the Diocese of Leicester, with the occasional addition of spouses. The choice of words was left to me and, for once, I had no difficulty choosing, as this poem by George Herbert had long been at the back of my mind. Its imagery of the cool day, the bright rose, and spring with its promise of sweetness offer opportunities for contrast, while all come to the same end: only virtue is everlasting. These features I have tried to capture in my setting, and they should be reflected in performance.


2. Matins
Charles Paterson

Duration: 2'30"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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Matins is one of three settings of George Herbert written in May 2020, intended to form a group of four with Virtue (Sweet Day), written in 2014. This is perhaps a less familiar poem than Virtue, in which the poet muses on his, and thus all humanity's, relationship with God, and his redemption: there is a typical wordplay near the end, where "sunbeam" could be heard as "Son beam", in other words the cross of Christ.

The music in the main part of this setting reflects the sequence of thoughts, and so in performance should seem not too smooth in the joins between sections. With the final prayer, though, there is a recapitulation of the music from the beginning, and this should build to the exultant conclusion.


3. Heaven
Charles Paterson

Duration: 2'15"
Ensemble: SSATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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Heaven is one of three settings of George Herbert written in May 2020, intended to form a group of four with Virtue (Sweet Day), written in 2014.

This is a poem unusual in form, where each question about the nature of heaven is answered by an echo, so that the question really answers itself. Naturally the setting is intended to reflect this idea, with the lower voices as the questioner and the upper voices as the echo, which should be as hushed as possible: as the questions become more urgent, the lower voices are split in counterpoint, until with the resolution they sing for the first time in harmony. The final question then leads to a triumphant echo from all voices, the loudest section of the piece, which gradually diminishes to a single note which fades (as it were) into eternity.


4. Antiphon
Charles Paterson

Duration: 2'00"
Ensemble: SSATBB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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Antiphon is one of three settings of George Herbert written in May 2020, intended to form a group of four with Virtue (Sweet Day), written in 2014. This poem is much the most familiar of the four, being found in most hymn books, and in settings by other composers. Here the refrain is in the style of a fanfare, and it continues as a background to the similarly energetic verses, except for the section 'But above all, the heart Must play the longest part': this is hushed to start with and more lyrical, until the fanfare refrain returns to end the piece.