SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

Our Father Whiche in Heaven Art

Motet for instrumental ensemble on an original by John Angus

1977

5 minutes

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Dedication

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Scoring

Flute, clarinet in Bb (+ clarinet in Eb, ad lib), celesta, marimba, violin, cello

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Synopsis

Composer Notes

Programme Notes

Programme Note by Paul Griffiths

Published together with three other ‘instrumental motets’ derived from sixteenth-century Scottish church music (see also Si Quis Diligit Me, All Sons of Adam and Psalm 124) this presents a quietly grave psalm tune by John Angus, monk and composer. The tune marches on, repeated by the clarinet in its bottom register, while out of it grow the tendrils of Davies’s counterpoints, until eventually only a wispy image of the original tune remains. It is a solemn and poignant process.

 

First Performance

Dartington Summer School

Thursday, 18 August 1977

The Fires of London