The Deer's Cry – Pärt, Lotti, Holst & Harris
Saturday 24th September 2022
Flagship Choral Workshop
VENUE & TIME
St Mary's Church, Battersea, SW11 3NA
Arvo Pärt (b1935)
The Deer's Cry
Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Sir William H. Harris (1883-1973)
Bring us, O Lord God
Scott Inglis-Kidger Director
Ghislaine Morgan Associate Musical Director
In this workshop we immerse ourselves in music which evokes peaceful contemplation. At the centre of the programme is Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry, which is a setting of words based on the poem St. Patrick’s Breastplate. Pärt is known for his holy minimalist style, and particularly for his technique of tintinnabuli, which brings out the bell-like quality of a triad. Pärt is also inspired by Gregorian Chant, evident in the soprano line. Alongside The Deer’s Cry, we will enjoy evocative works by Lotti, Holst and Harris. The openings of both Lotti’s Crucifixus and Holst’s Nunc Dimittis are uncannily similar in their use of slowly evolving dissonant chords, gradually ascending in pitch as the voices enter from bottom to top. Bring us, O Lord God is a double-choir setting by Harris of words by the Renaissance metaphysical poet John Donne. Harris’ music effortlessly evokes Donne’s radiant picture of heaven, with an exquisite chord progression throughout the Amen.
You are kindly requested to purchase your own scores for this workshop. In the confirmation of purchase email we will also provide PDF copies of the Lotti and Holst which you can print at home, instead of purchasing. The links to purchase are as follows: Lotti | Holst | Harris. To buy the Pärt, please ring the Schott Music Shop on 020 7534 0710 or visit them in person at 48 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7BB. To reiterate, we will not be providing booklets on the day.
No refunds will be available for any reason (including illness) for cancellations received ten days or fewer before the workshop. Workshop places are limited and, in the event of a client asking to cancel their place, refunds can only be offered if there is a waiting list for the relevant voice-part, and another client from the waiting list accepts the place.