Kenneth Leighton: Crucifixus Pro Nobis Op.38

Books | Tenor (or Soprano) Solo, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Organ

Publisher: Novello
Composer: Kenneth Leighton
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Cantata for tenor (or soprano) solo, SATB chorus and organ. Words by Patrick Carey. Composed for David Lumsden and the choir of New College, Oxford.

ISBN: 9780853603580
No of pages: 36
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV070190

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        Torquay GB
        His setting of the Fletcher poem "Drop, drop slow tears" at the end of the piece is absolutely beautiful.
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        Confirmed purchase: 15 February 2016
        Published on: 07 March 2016

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        Crucifixtus Pro Nobis is an extended setting of Patrick Carey’s poetry on the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ. Leighton is relentless in his evocation at times; unnervingly so. The penultimate movement, 'Christ in His Passion', envelops a true sense of foreboding, with a stark and demanding tenor solo which truly captivates and brings home a lasting image of the crucifixion. The undulating organ part increases in tenacity under the bleak tenor declamation to the remarkable full choir entry at the words, ‘…and now the cross they rear’. The ensuing imitative counterpoint forms a devastating ‘plea’, combining emotional introspection with anger and agitation. This work is not for the feint-hearted, but is perhaps the most suitable and strident reminder of the events of Christ’s time on earth. The serene conclusion to the work sets the text Drop, Drop Slow Tears, in a fresh, meditative litany which so beautifully closes the previous events. In my mind, a work too often neglected in favour of more ‘popular’ Passiontide settings.
        George Richford - (Durham)
        Magnificent piece for a competent choir of any size, together with a good tenor or soprano soloist and organist. A very moving portrayal of the Crucifixion using largely 20th century poetry, culminating in heart-rending Drop, drop slow tears.
        Anonymous - (Tring, United Kingdom)

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