Three Motets

Three Motets : Vocal score

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for SATB unaccompanied These beautiful motets provide inspiring new repertoire for choirs. Locus iste is rhythmic and uplifting; Ave Virgo sanctissima is a gentle setting of a Spanish antiphon, full of sumptuous harmonies; and Beati quorum via contrasts calm, reflective passages with a stirring, eight-part more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 12 pages
  • 179 x 255 x 1mm | 26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193360101
  • 9780193360105

Table of contents

Locus iste ; Beati quorum via ; Ave Virgo sanctissimashow more

About Howard Skempton

Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher. Renowned for the distinctive clarity of his musical language, in recent years he has concentrated increasingly on writing choral and vocal music. His choral commissions include works for the BBC Singers and the Belfast Philharmonic more

Review quote

Locus iste is a lovely setting of the famous text, and worth a look at. Any choir that can manage the deceptively difficult Bruckner setting should cope easily with this. The range is kind to the voices . . . Beati splits into more than the four parts of Locus iste. Again the setting is simple, mainly relying on one chordal progression in the middle section . . . Ave virgo is again in four parts, simple and effective. The edition is excellent. * Music Teacher, October 08 * The three new motets from Howard Skempton typify his style with their understated hypnotic minimalism and incandescent architecture of the harmony. These are useful settings of familiar Latin texts. Locus iste is bold yet reverent, Beati quorum via has the flowing ease of Stanford's famous setting (and is no more difficult), and Ave Virgo Sanctissima is simple and sublime. * Rupert Gouch, Choir & Organ November 08 * Three Motets takes three well-known motet texts and sets them in Skempton's characteristic choral idiom - syllabic, entirely homophonic, sensitive to the meter of text, warm harmonies - and produces a series of subtle, rather inward settings for SATB voices that wander gently but purposefully through a gamut of keys to some surprising destinations. * The Singer, February 09 *show more