Ubi Caritas Et Amor

Ubi Caritas Et Amor

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Ubi Caritas Et Amor by Morten Lauridson was composed in 1999 for unaccompanied mixed voices, and was commissioned by Loyola Marymount University to celebrate the life of choral director and scholar Father Richard Trame. A setting of an antiphon for Maundy Thursday, Morten Lauridsen subtly adapts the plainchant melody, adorning it with contrapuntal elaborations.

This piece is from Faber's Choral Signature Series which introduces a wealth of new or recently written choral music to choirs in search of fresh repertoire. the series draws in a rich diversity of living composers and includes both lighter and more challenging contemporary works, offering a thrilling array of varied styles.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 16 pages
  • 176 x 254 x 22mm | 39g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Latin
  • 0571529615
  • 9780571529612
  • 1,651,930

Review quote

Anyone who is familar with Morten Lauridsen's O magnum mysterium will recognise his voice in this setting of the words sung on Maundy Thursday. The piece opens with the plainsong sung by the men in unison. Lauridsen's musical language relies much on repeated dissonances such as ninth and sevenths for it's effect, along with a generally low tessitura (the lowest basses frequently are called up to sing bottom Es), and rich textures that are obtained by divisions of the vocal parts, particularly of the lower ones (the basses are divided into three parts in some places). The demands of this piece will be beyond the resources of many church choirs, but cathedral, college and chamber choirs should be able to manage it fairly easily. It makes a refreshing change from the Durufle Ubi Caritas.

Church Music Quarterly, December 2008

Lauridsen takes a well known liturgy and gives it his own flavour in this paper bound single set, adding considerable drama. As the piece moves from reflection to celebration, the volume and complexity grow, too. This is an excellent little piece for choirs generally, although churches and religious groups might adapt better to the content.

Mi Pro, October 2007
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