Veni Creator Spiritus

Veni Creator Spiritus : Vocal score

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for SSATB unaccompanied This is an innovative yet accessible setting of the well-known Vespers hymn. A meditative rendering of the familiar plainchant is nestled within a lyrical setting of a verse from John Donne's A Litany, making for an intriguing narrative juxtaposition. With unusual harmonic shifts, dynamic contrasts, and rhythmic interest, this motet is sure to maintain the attention of both choir and listener from beginning to end. Veni Creator Spiritus is particularly suitable for Pentecost and other celebrations of the Holy Spirit, but can be used throughout the church more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 12 pages
  • 178 x 255 x 2mm | 28g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193375079
  • 9780193375079

Review quote

Harrap's approach is more innovative [than David Jepson's Befriend me] musically and in his treatment of the text, where the 'Veni Creator Spiritus' hymn is sung by tenors to the familiar plainchant (although starting at a different pitch for each verse), whilst SSABB sing a passage as if in commentary from John Donne's 'A Litany'. The dramatic setting of the Donne contrasts with the plainchant, although all come together for a final Amen in a radiant F sharp major. * James L. Montgomery, Church Music Quarterly, March 14 *show more

About Stephen Harrap

Stephen Harrap was born in Portsmouth in 1952 and studied at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre. As a conductor, he has collaborated with many leading musicians and ensembles, including Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the London Sinfonietta, and the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome; he has also worked at prominent opera houses, including Covent Garden, Paris, and Salzburg. Since 1995 he has focused on the composition and performance of his own choral and orchestral works, which have been premiered at numerous venues and festivals across more