Cecilia Virgo

Cecilia Virgo : Vocal score

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for 6S 6A 6T 6B unaccompanied This expansive piece requiring 24 singers sets an anonymous 16th-century text of supplication to St Cecilia. From the cascading imitation of its opening to the monolithic triads of its close, it remains spellbinding and invokes a powerful sense of the divine. Inspired by the great motets of the Eton Choir Book, this is seriously beautiful music with particular appeal for committed choirs.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 32 pages
  • 191 x 270 x 2mm | 80g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193439085
  • 9780193439085
  • 2,017,495

Review quote

Cecilia Virgo would set accomplished choirs a challenge, though a rewarding and far from insuperable one. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, June 2004 * . . .the resultant peel of bells that cascades from one voice to another is a distinctive and inspired effect, introduced by Jackson to start the piece and brought surging back at its exulatnat climax. For a choir that can muster a few basses with bottom Ds and sopranos with top Bs, the eight-minute Cecilia Virgo would be an excellent addition to the repertoire: tonal yet innovative; engaging yet unpredictable. * Armin Zanner, Music Teacher March 2005 * Ever increasing in popularity, Gabriel Jackson's distinctive and memorable style prevails throughout these three very different pieces . . . Well worthwhile for those choirs with the forces available to tackle a piece of these dimensions . . . These three anthems are all refreshingly original as well as being accessible to singer and listener alike. * Church Music Quarterly June 05 *show more

About Gabriel Jackson

Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral he studied composition at the Royal College of Music. Jackson's music has been commissioned, performed and broadcast worldwide, and his works have been presented at many festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Spitalfields, and the BBC Proms. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's cathedral and collegiate choirs, and his choral works in general have been recorded by some of the world's leading choirs including Polyphony, The Vasari Singers, The State Choir of Latvia, and Merton College Choir, Oxford. He is currently the Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, who have premiered and broadcast a number of recent commissions. Over recent years Jackson's music has been equally focussed on instrumental works. Commissions include works for organist Michael Bonaventure, Red Note Ensemble, and the Lunar Sax Quartet.show more