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 year.
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 Europe.