Le Camp du Drap d'Or, or The Field of the Cloth of Gold, is the name given to a place in northern
France, near Calais, between Guînes and Ardres. It was the site of an historic meeting that took place from June 7 to
June 24, 1520 between Henry VIII of England and François Ier of France. The meeting was the brain
child of England's Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor. He was also papal legate with ambitions
to the papacy. A charismatic but astute diplomat, he wielded immense power both in England and in the Vatican. Cardinal Woolsey
presented himself as peacemaker of all of Europe and thus arranged the meeting at Calais.
Both kings wished to be seen as civilized monarchs magnanimous enough in spirit
to choose peace and diplomacy over war and senseless bloodshed. The meeting at Calais was also designed to show the magnificence
of each of the two courts in an attempt to show each other the strengths of their respective countries. Both monarchs
were young and flamboyant. The valley where the first meeting took place was landscaped to provide areas of equal elevation
for the two. Glittering and impressive tents and clothes, Masses, banquets, music, jousting, and
games were all part of the summit of peace. The tents, accommodations, and costumes exhibited so much gold cloth that the
site of the meeting was named after it, thus the term le camp du drap d’or.
Composer Jean Mouton (1459-1522) was most likely in charge of the musical production
for François Ier. The French royal chapel had one of the finest choirs in Europe. Musical production
on the English side was likely to have been led by William Cornysh the Younger (1465?-1523), master of the Chapel Royal for Henry VIII.
Though the meeting made a great impression, its political results were as transitory
as the cloth structures erected for it. As a matter of fact, relations between the two countries worsened soon after the event
when Cardinal Wolsey secretly arranged an alliance with Emperor Charles V in the name of Henry VIII without the knowledge
of the King of France. The emperor declared war on France later that year. Henry soon tired
of Cardinal Wolsey and had him arrested on trumped up charges for having failed to find a way for him to divorce Catherine
of Aragon, aunt of the emperor. So much for the plan to seek lasting peace among the Christian
The above information was taken from “Fêtes et cérémonies
au temps de Charles Quint,” II, from Les fêtes de la renaissance, Marcel Bataillon, et al., Centre National de
la Recherche Scientifique,“ MCMLX; Musical Patronage in the Royal Chapel of France under Francis I (r. 1515-1547), John
T. Brobeck, Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol. 48, No.2, 1995; http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_du_Drap_d'Or; http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~he20c/french230/camp%20du%20drap%20d'or.html; and other sources.
The music attempts to capture the pageantry, pomp, and both the religious and secular
atmosphere of the historic event. The liturgical music, heard quasi lontano, as if one were standing outside
the chapel where the liturgy was taking place, is depicted by two excerpts from the Missa Tua Est Potentia of Jean Mouton and set in the strings, with optional
scoring for an off-stage schola. Kyrie, part 1 (à 4) signals what could have been an opening Mass upon the arrival
of the principals; the second, possibly at a closing liturgy, utilizes the third Agnus Dei (à 5), with its “donna
nobis pacem” clause, all the more significant in the context of the purpose of the royal meeting. At this closing clause
in the third Agnus Dei, other instrumental forces, including a carillon of bells, join the strings or optional chorus. For
the evening banquets and feasts, the Fa La Sol, an instrumental piece à 3 of William Cornysh, was
chosen. The first part is set for three double reeds: oboe, English horn, and bassoon, with optional scoring for recorder
trio; the final part, initially for the same three double reeds or recorder trio, gathers with it other woodwinds as the music
makes its return to the pageantry themes. The character of the music changes abruptly at the coda, a musical commentary on
the ultimate failure of the principals to effect any lasting peace in their time.
music is in the form of a nine-part axial rondo:
A (music of pageantry and pomp)
B (Kyrie, part I, from the Missa Tua Est Potentia by Jean Mouton)
A (music of pageantry and pomp)
C (Fa La Sol, part 1, by William Cornysh)
A (music of pageantry and pomp)
C (Fa La Sol, part 3, by William Cornysh)
A (music of pageantry and pomp)
(Agnus Dei, part III, from the Missa Tua Est Potentia by Jean Mouton)
A (music of pageantry and pomp)
The composer wishes to acknowledge the following permissions that have been granted for the use of previously
For the excerpts from the Missa Tua Est Potentia by
Jean Mouton—Kyrie, part I and the Agnus Dei, part III—permission has graciously been granted by the American Institute
of Musicology to use the above portions from volume 43 of the Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae © 1974 Armen Carapetyan.
The American Institute of Musicology has granted non-exclusive world-wide rights to use the above portions.
the excerpts from Fa La Sol by William Cornysh—part 1 (“bars” 1-31) and part 3 (“bars”
84-132)—permission has graciously been granted by Steiner & Bell to use the above portions from Musica Britannica:
A National Collection of Music, [volume] XVIII: Music at the Court of Henry VIII, transcribed and edited by John Stevens,
published for the Royal Musical Association: London © 1962.
Trois épiphanies, for piano solo
1. l'épiphanie du benjoin
2. l'épiphanie de la myrrhe
3. l'épiphanie de l'or
Omnes de Saba venient, aurum et thus deferentes, et laudem Domino
(from the Gradual
of the Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany)
Each of the Three Epiphanies quotes a phrase of the plainchant gradual from
the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The text is from Isaiah 60:6: All they from Saba will come, bringing
gold and frankincense, and announcing the praise of the Lord. The chant is divided in the following
way. In the Epiphany of Frankincense, the phrase omnes de Saba venient appears in a quiet moment,
punctuated by fortissimo chords, and to be played da lontano amid the otherwise energetic rhythms of the movement.
In the Epiphany of Myrrh, the phrase aurum et thus deferentes is presented in a section marked meno mosso
e tranquillo and surrounded by arpeggiations and filigreed lines. In the Epiphany of Gold, the phrase
et laudem Domino annuntiantes is played, once again very quietly, under a right hand pedal effect of arching thirty-second
notes marked legatissimo e leggierissimo.
Epiphany, from the Greek, is a word meaning manifestation or revelation. I have taken the word
epiphany and the three symbols traditionally associated with the story of the magi as points of departure for reflection on
the inward revelations we call insights. Frankincense was used for sacred rituals in many ancient cultures,
as incense is used today in many religions, as the symbol of adoration and reverence. The Epiphany
of Frankincense is about the inward revelation of reverence, that is to say, the insight that reverence for the divine
and for all creation is essential for the attainment of authenticity. Myrrh was the oil or ointment used
for the embalming and anointing of the dead. The Epiphany of Myrrh is about the inward revelation
of death, that is to say, the insight that awareness of the reality of death is essential for the attainment of wisdom.
Gold is of course the symbol of wealth, achievement, and power, but also of that which is precious and priceless.
The Epiphany of Gold is about the insight that life, like brilliant gold, is a gift precious beyond all others.
sacras, for soprano and piano (Spanish texts)
1. Prólogo: Una copla de devoción que hizo un caballero
(c. siglo XVI)
2. Bajo de la peña nace…
de Zafra (c. siglo XIV)
Al niño Jesús
de Mendoza (c.1482)
4. Canción para callar al niño
5. Tierra y cielo se quejaba
6. Mirando a un crucifixo
Mosén Juan Tallante
(c. siglo XIV)
7. A la Resurreçión
Fray Juan Gallo
8. Al día del Espíritu Santo
de la Barca (1600-1681)
9. In festo Corporis XPI
Fray Juan Gallo
10. Deytado del cisma de la eglesia
López de Ayala (1332-1407)
11. A la fiesta de la Magdalaena
Juan Gallo (siglo XVI)
12. Epílogo: Nada te turbe
Santa Teresa de
Rimas sacras, Sacred Verses, is a set of twelve songs on texts of Spanish religious poetry of the fourteenth to
the seventeenth centuries. These twelve poems are but a few among thousands compiled in cancioneros, or anthologies, some
containing both secular and sacred verses, others devoted exclusively to religious poetry, devotional and/or didactic in purpose.
The cancioneros contain works by anonymous authors, by obscure poets of whom little is known, and by well-known names,
including that of Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Ávila.
I have chosen two poems to serve as prologue and epilogue to the
set, using similar music in each, and the ten poems in between follow the liturgical calendar. The prologue is a devotional
couplet, by a poet known only as a knight of Córdoba.
The second, third, and fourth refer to the Virgin and the Christ Child. “Bajo de la peña
nace…” is a poem by Estéban de Zafra, who lived in the fourteenth century, but of whom little is known.
“Al niño Jesús” is by Fray Íñigo de Mendoza (c.1430-c.1490), a Franciscan priest,
who was one of the favorite poets of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, and, from what little account survives, became the queen’s
almoner and preacher, having spent more of his life at court than in his monastery. The “Canción para callar
al niño” is by the fifteenth century poet, Gómez Manrique, and, judging from the final verse, was written
for women religious: “Let us sing joyfully, gracious sisters, for we are brides of blessed Jesus.”
The fifth and sixth songs are based on poems on the subject of the
crucifixion. The fourteenth century anonymous “Tierra y cielo se quejaba” depicts the cosmic
lament at the moment of Christ’s death, recalling the gospel account that the earth shook and the sun was darkened,
while in the final verses the poet turns to the mother of Jesus, who, of all creation, suffered the most. “Mirando
a un crucifixo” is a devotional poem by the fourteenth century poet, Mosén Juan Tallante. The poet incorporates
two phrases in Latin: O Agnus Dei, and Memento mei, the latter being the words of one of the thieves crucified
with Jesus. This poem is set for voice without accompaniment.
The seventh poem, “A la Resurreçion,” is by the Dominican priest
and theologian, Fray Juan Gallo (16th century), of whom quite a lot is known. He was born in Burgos and taught
theology at the Universidad de Santiago. His name is listed among He wasthe doctors of
theology sent by Philip II to take part in the proceedings of the Council of Trent. After the Council,
he taught at the Colegio de San Gregorio de Valladolid and then was placed in charge of theological discussions and debates
at the Universidad de Salamanca. His treatises on various theological subjects are available to readers
today. For example, his treatise of 1572, “Whether a pronouncement by the Supreme Pontiff is infallible
in matters of the dogmas of faith,” makes persuasive arguments from history, Sacred Scripture, and the writings of St.
Thomas Aquinas, in favor of the much debated question of the authority of the pope speaking alone, i.e. apart from a general
council of the Church, in matters of faith and morals, a highly debated topic in light of Luther’s attack on this belief.
It is also known that, as a Dominican and theologian of great reputation, Juan Gallo was named by the Holy Office to
be qualificator, or examiner, of books and propositions for the Inquisition. As a poet he was quite prolific,
and this poem on the Resurrection (from which I have set only eight of the 65 tercets) demonstrates a refined sense of rhyme
and imagery. The music, in binary form, is a series of recto tono lines, each a whole step higher than the preceding
one, leading to a climactic point.
día del Espiritu Santo” is a sonnet by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681), born in Madrid into a noble
family (his father was minister of finances under Philip II and III, his mother of flemish nobility). He
enlisted with the duke of Alba and accompanied him on campaigns in Flanders and Italy, though without having achieved any
military glory. Instead, he was to distinguish himself as a dramatist and poet, was Jesuit trained, and studied at the Universidad
de Salamanca. The sonnet makes reference to words and phrases used in Veni, Sancte Spiritus, the sequence for the
day of Pentecost.
“In festo Corporis XPI”
is a sonnet by Fray Juan Gallo depicting the events of the feast of Corpus Christi, when the consecrated host is carried in
procession encased in a golden and traditionally ornate ostensorium, or monstrance. This procession is still part of the Corpus
Christi celebrations in many countries. The procession often moves through the streets of the town accompanied by instrumental
music, hymns, and amid the acclamation of the people. My setting of the text depicts the procession from
the vantage point of one standing at a given spot, waiting for the procession to pass, hearing it approach and seeing it pass
into the distance. The sonnet is a didactic one to explain in poetic form the dogma and mystery of the real presence, uses
the term “accidents” in its specific meaning in connection with the concept of transubstantiation, and reminds
the reader that it is only through the eyes of faith that one can recognize Christ under the appearance of the bread.
“Deytado del cisma de la eglesia” (old spelling for
‘iglesia’) is a didactic poem about what is sometimes referred to as the Western Schism, which began, as mentioned
in the third line of the poem, in 1378 after the papal election of the Archbishop of Bari (Urban VI). Within
months a second, more secretive, conclave was called electing Cardinal Robert de Genève (Clement VII of Avignon), launching
the dispute over the rival papacies in Rome and in Avignon. This complex state of affairs ended in 1417 when the Council of
Constance elected Odo Colonna (Martin V) thus ending the 40-year rift. The poet, Pedro López de Ayala (1332—1407)
did not live to see the end of the schism and in the first octava of his poem (I have set the first of the four octavas) uses
a well-known image of the Church as a ship at sea (“the ship of St. Peter”), bemoaning the sad situation as hopeless
without divine intervention. As a politician and diplomat, serving four monarchs and chronicler for each
of them, he would have found himself right in the midst of the many discussions and debates over this internal dispute of
the Western Church. The music for the setting of this poem utilizes a 12-tone row.
“A la fiesta de la Magdalaena” is another poem by Fray Juan Gallo.
Unlike all the other poems in this cycle, the text of this
one, in the form of a sonnet, is cast in a tightly knit structure of double and opposite meanings, making a line by line translation
nearly impossible. The story of and tradition surrounding Mary Magdalene (feast July 22) is well known.
She has often been referred to as the “Penitent,” in view of the understanding that she abandoned a life of sin
when she met Christ and spent the rest of her days repenting. The poem pits past happiness with present
sadness, but indicates that past happiness was sadness itself compared to the present higher joy. The weeping
over the past is in fact a sign of a higher joy and consolation. Juan Gallo devotes several poems to the
subject of the Magdalene, some in the same vein as the above, others in connection with the Resurrection of Christ.
epilogue, I have set the text of the simple yet exquisite “Nada te turbe,” by Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582),
thus rounding out the prayer of the prologue by the knight of Córdoba.The composer welcomes additional information regarding any of the poets, poems, or historical
aspects discussed in these notes.
Our Father, Which in Heaven
Art, for chamber choir and chamber ensemble
Sternhold (?-1549), a Hampshire gentleman educated at Oxford and Groom of the King’s Wardrobe during the reigns of Henry
VIII and Edward VI, published nineteen ‘holye songes’ for the English court a year before his death. These metrical
versions of psalms were the first entries of what was to become a complete book of psalms and hymns. After
his death, with an additional eighteen settings having been found and with seven by his colleague John Hopkins, a clergyman
of Suffolk, a collection of forty-four was published with the title ‘Al suche Psalmes of David as Thomas Sterneholde,
late grome of ye Kinges Maiesties Roobes didde in hys lyfe tyme draw into English metre.’ This collection
was used by the Protestant exiles who, during the reign of Mary Tudor, established communities in Frankfurt and Geneva.
Many of the tunes used by Sternhold and Hopkins were of English provenance, but, unlike the French and Dutch practice
of settings psalms to popular tunes, virtually all were austere modal melodies anonymously composed.
Calvin encouraged the use of metrical psalms, considering the psalms to be the best
texts for congregational singing, as they were directly from the Scriptures and thus inspired by the Holy Spirit. However,
unlike the Lutheran and Moravian practice, he counseled that the psalms be sung in unison and without accompaniment.
In 1558, Calvin recommended that fifty psalms of Clément Marot, some of which were translated into English,
be joined with those of Sternhold and Hopkins to form an Anglo-Genevan Psalter.
the accession of Elizabeth I to the throne of England and the return of the exiles, newer editions of the Psalter were published
by John Daye in 1560, 1561, and in its final and complete form in 1562. This version of the complete psalms dropped most of
the Genevan Psalter settings in favor of those by Sternhold and Hopkins. To the psalms were added metrical
settings of other “spiritual songs” such as the Lord’s Prayer, various texts from both the Old and New Testament,
e.g. the Magnificat in translation, as well as the Veni Creator Spiritus and Te Deum (the only two hymns from the Divine Office
not discarded by Thomas Cranmer in his reform of the English Service and publication of the Book of Common Prayer).
The Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter was the first of its type to reach the shores of
North America. Though there is controversy about some parts of the account, Sir Francis Drake is said to have spent five weeks
anchored off the coast of northern California to repair his ships in the spring of 1579 during his voyage around the world.
He and his men camped along the shore and came into contact with the Indians of the area, who, according to the written account
of Drake’s chaplain, Francis Fletcher, took pleasure in hearing the English singing psalms. It is most probable that
the psalter they had with them was that of Sternhold and Hopkins. The Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter was used in Episcopal
churches in Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas well before the founding of either the Plymouth or Massachusetts Bay colonies.
The Pilgrim (Separatist) founders of the Plymouth colony brought the Henry Ainsworth Psalter with them in 1620. The Puritan
members of the Church of England who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony brought the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter with them
a decade later, but were dissatisfied with it on the grounds that the translations were not faithful to the original Hebrew.
In 1640, an assembly of divines produced instead their own, entitled The Whole Book of Psalmes Faithfully Translated
into English Metre, which came to be known as the Bay Psalm Book, the first book published in North America.
As for the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter, it continued to be reprinted until 1828, despite the publication in 1696
of a New Version by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, which caused the 1562 Psalter to become known thenceforth as the Old Version.
The metrical text of the Lord’s Prayer (22.214.171.124.8.6.D[oubled]) as printed in
the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter is as follows:
Our Father which in heaven art,
Lord, hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
In earth, e’en as the same
In heaven is. Give us, O Lord,
Our daily bread this day;
As we forgive our debtors, so
Forgive our debts we pray.
Into temptation lead us not,
From evil make us free.
For kingdom, power, and glory thine,
Both now and ever be.
The tune is listed as No. 11 in Maurice Frost’s
1953 book English & Scottish Psalm and Hymn Tunes: 1543-1677. Frost’s description of
the contents of the 1561 Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter (the first compilation) lists those pieces that were included before
the psalms themselves: “Veni Creator; Venite exultemus; The songe of S. Ambrose [Te Deum]; Benedictus (from Eng. 1560);
The songe of Blessed Mary [Magnificat] (from Eng. 1560); The Song of Simeon [Nunc dimittis] (from Eng. 1560); The Simbole
(Quicunque vult); The Lamentation of a Sinner (‘O lorde turne not away thy face’); The Lordes Praier (‘Our
father which in heauen art’, 126.96.36.199.8.6.D); the X Commandments (‘Hark Israel & what I say’).”
The version of 1562 contains all of the above plus several additions.
present setting of the Lord’s Prayer for SATB chorus and chamber orchestra attempts to capture several aspects of the
history of English psalmody as it was brought to this country well before the arrival of the Puritans, as well as of the text
of the prayer itself. In harmonized (and polyphonic) versions of the psalms and spiritual songs, the original
melody, called the “Church Tune,” was often found in the tenor and sung by the entire congregation.
An example is a 1621 four-part homophonic setting by John Farmer (c.1570-1602) of the tune as found in Sternhold and
Hopkins (Frost 11), with some rhythmic differences and inclusion of raised leading tone. In the present
setting, the original modal tune—placed in the tenor as a cantus firmus—is neither harmonized, interrupted, nor
altered in any way. Neither is the tune accompanied in the usual sense of the term. Rather,
it is surrounded by vocal and instrumental gestures totally unrelated to it musically. At the appropriate
places in the cantus firmus, the sopranos, altos, and basses sing, speak, or whisper fragments of the Lord’s Prayer
in Old English, a text which dates from about the 11th century and which is used here both as an echo of and a
link to an ancestral past stretching back long before our colonial beginnings. (It is to be noted that the Old English text
does not contain the concluding doxology, which was added to the text in the King James Bible in 1611, based in part on evidence
of early liturgical use and probably based on 1 Chronicles 29:11. The doxology was added to English musical
settings even before its appearance in the King James Bible, as well as to the recitation of the prayer from the time of the
Reformation to the present day. In the reform of the Eucharistic liturgy of the Roman Church, the doxology
was added after the embolism.)
The title page of the 1562 edition of the Sternhold and Hopkins
Vísperas de la Santa Cruz, for four soloists, SATB chorus, and orchestra
Though I have attempted
to capture some of the ambience of ritual, Vísperas de la Santa Cruz is a concert work and is not intended
for liturgical use. The work combines the traditional format of the Office of Vespers with the modern day
revised order of worship for the Liturgy of the Hours. The theme of the Vísperas is that
of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated on September 14 in the Roman Church. The liturgy
for the feast is closely connected with the theme of Christ’s Passion and Death and, by extension, of Mary’s suffering
at the foot of the Cross. In the Roman liturgical calendar, the feast of Mary, the Sorrowful Mother, is
celebrated the day after, on September 15. The traditional language of the Divine Office is Latin. I have chosen to retain some parts in
Latin: the hymn, Vexilla Regis, of Venantius Fortunatus (verses 1, 4, 6, and 7) in the original plainchant; all the
antiphons; the final oration; and the Salve, Regina. The psalm texts, New Testament canticle,
Magnificat, lectura brevis, and preces are in Spanish. The concluding motet, Sancta Mater dolorosa,
utilizes Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, Quichua, Quechua, Guaraní, and Náhuatl. The strophic hymn is traditionally sung after the chapter (lectura brevis)
and its short versicle and response. In the revised order, it is sung as an opening hymn. In
Vísperas de la Santa Cruz the traditional Deus in adjutorium and doxology are replaced by the opening
brass fanfare. In the traditional rite five psalms are chanted.
I have followed the modern practice of including two psalms and a New Testament canticle. The antiphon
attached to each psalm is traditionally repeated after the doxology concluding the psalm. Many communities
who use the revised rite have retained this practice, and some editions actually print the antiphon after the psalm as well
as before. I have chosen, however, not to repeat the antiphon, keeping to the original meaning of the term,
as that which “sounds before.” Neither have I set psalm-prayers, which have become part of
editions of the revised order of worship for the Liturgy of the Hours. I have chosen not to set the traditional responsory to the chapter (lectura brevis, or short biblical
reading). The revised rite includes intercessions, similar to the prayer of the faithful in the celebration
of the Eucharist. These follow the Magnificat. I have included five intercessions (preces) and the concluding
prayer (oración). I have chosen not to set the Lord’s Prayer, nor to have it chanted.
Rather, the traditional plainchant melody appears in the orchestra as an underpinning to the oración.
I have added a short Salve service, following the Ibero-Latin American custom of the 16th, 17th,
and 18th centuries. This service includes a setting of the Salve, Regina and a concluding
Marian Motet, Sancta Mater dolorosa, reflecting the theme of the Vísperas. The Spanish biblical texts are based on La Biblia, o el Antiguo y Nuevo Testamento,
traducidos en español por el Rmo. P. Phelipe Scio de S. Miguel, de las Escuelas Pias, Obispo de Segovia, Madrid, 1824.
The movements of the
Vísperas are as follows:
1.Fanfarria e Himno Procesional: Vexilla
Regis* -- TB chorus: plainchant a cappella
2.Antífona 1: O magnum pietatis opus! -- Soprano solo and orchestra
3.Salmo 111 -- SATB chorus and orchestra
2: O Crux benedicta! -- Alto solo and orchestra
5.Salmo 113 -- SATB chorus and orchestra
3: Nos autem gloriari oportet -- Tenor solo and orchestra
7.Cántico: Filipenses 1, 5-11 -- SATB
chorus and orchestra
8.Lectura breve: Hebreos 2, 9-10 -- Bass solo and orchestra
Adoramus te, Christe -- SATB chorus and orchestra
10.Magnificat: Lucas 1, 46-55 -- Soloists,
SATB chorus, and orchestra
11.Preces -- Soloists, SATB chorus, and orchestra
-- Tenor solo, SATB chorus, and orchestra
13.Salve, Regina -- SATB chorus a cappella
Sancta Mater dolorosa -- Soloists, SATB chorus, and orchestra
* Hymn of Venantius Fortunatus, c540--c600.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, for SATB chorus and orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 B-flat
clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 4 timpani, 3 roto-toms, tubular bells,
suspended cymbal, large tam-tam, temple blocks, SATB chorus, first violins, second violins, violas, violoncellos, double basses.
Text: sequence of the solemnity
Et emitte caelitus
Lucis tuae radium.
Veni, pater pauperum.
Veni, dator munerum.
Veni, lumen cordium.
Dulcis hospes animae,
In labore requies,
In aestu temperies,
In fletu solatium.
O lux beatissima,
Reple cordis intima
Sine tuo numine,
Nihil est in homine,
Nihil est innoxium..
Lava quod est sordidum,
Riga quod est aridum,
Sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
Fove quod est frigidum,
Rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus,
In te confidentibus ,
Da virtutis meritum,
Da salutis exitum,
Da perenne gaudium.
Come, Holy Spirit
And from your heavenly home
Shine upon us the rays of your light.
Come, father of the
Come, give of all good gifts.
Come, light of our hearts.
Most wonderful comforter,
Sweet guest of our souls,
And sweet refreshment.
In toil you are our
In the heat, our coolness,
In sorrow, our solace.
O most blessed light,
Come into our hearts
Of your faithful.
There is nothing
good in us,
Nothing free from sin.
Wash that which is soiled,
Water that which is arid,
Heal that which is ill.
Bend that which is
Warm that which is cold,
Guide that which has gone astray.
Give to your faithful,
Who place their trust in you,
Your seven holy gifts.
Give them reward
for their virtue.
Give them final salvation,
Give them unending joy.
Plan of the Work:
The work is based on the following tone row: D Eb Bb A E G# Db F C B
F# G, hexachord II being the retrograde inversion of hexachord I.
There are ten stanzas
of the sequence. As the stanzas proceed, pitches from the row are deleted. The first
two stanzas use the full row; stanzas three and four use a 10-tone row; stanzas five and six an 8-tone row; stanzas seven
and eight a six-tone row; stanza nine a four-tone row; and stanza ten only two remaining pitches, D and G. The
following chart shows the order of the deletion of the tones:
10 tones (P0)
8 tones (P0)
6 tones (P0)
4 tones (P0)
The Amen is spoken
and then whispered. In the Alleluia section which follows, the full 12-tone row is restored for the remainder
of the work.
The orchestration used in the ten stanzas presents a series of ten rotations of a selection of high, medium, and
low instruments, which is then retrograded in the
Alleluia, with the Temple Blocks acting as the axis at the Amen.
premiere: March 18, 2009, the Hartke Theatre on the campus of The Catholic University
of America, Washington, D.C.
A 27-minute radio
broadcast from the campus of The Catholic University of America on the evening of November 16, 1938, placed on the airwaves
through the collaborative efforts of NBC and CBS, and featuring members of the Catholic clergy and laity from around the country,
was among the earliest reactions in this country to the horrific events that took place one week earlier in Germany, the Nazi-instigated
pogrom against Germany’s Jews of November 9 and 10, 1938. The pogrom has come to be called Kristallnacht,
now viewed as the beginning of what would become known as the Holocaust. November 2008 marked its 70th
anniversary. The efforts of Patrick Cullom and Maria Mazzenga of the archives department of the Mullen
Library of The Catholic University of America have brought this recording to light, and the first report of the finding was
published in the fall 2007 issue of the CUA Magazine. In the publication, the article, “The Record,
the Broadcast and the Nazis: An Archivist’s Discovery Rewrites History,” by Maggie Master, recounts the discovery
of the 78rpm record, its restoration onto an MP3 file, and the significance of the extraordinary find. A website, http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/packets.html, presents a 1938 press release, also discovered among the scrapbooks
kept of the period, along with a clip of the broadcast.
Intrigued by the article, I requested a copy of the CD of the broadcast
and downloaded the transcript, which revealed an amazingly strong, humanitarian statement denouncing the tragic violence in
Germany. The statement was heard that evening throughout the United States, from coast to coast, in a program organized and
coordinated within five weeks of the event. The participants were: Father Maurice S. Sheehy, Ph.D., professor of religion
and head of the Department of Religious Education at CUA, avid supporter of the broadcast medium, who served in the Pacific
in World War II as Navy chaplain, the first priest to receive the rank of rear admiral, called in 1957 from his over thirty-year
faculty position at CUA to serve as pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, Cedar Rapids, Iowa until his retirement in 1961
(d. 1972); Monsignor Joseph M. Corrigan, Rector of the university (titular bishop of Bilta from 1940-1942; d. 1942); three
trustees, Archbishop John J. Mitty of San Francisco (d. 1961), Bishop Peter L. Ireton of Richmond, Virginia (d. 1958), and
Bishop John M. Gannon of Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1968). To their voices was added that of Alfred (Al) Smith,
former four-term governor of New York and first Catholic candidate for President of the United States, who ran on the Democratic
ticket against Herbert Hoover in 1928 (d. 1944).
The present work incorporates
recorded excerpts of the words of all the above participants (with the exception of Governor Smith) as their voices were recorded
on the evening of November 16, 1938. This music cannot and should not stand on its own. It is a vehicle for the recorded
words of sadness, outrage, sympathy, and support from five American Catholic clergymen who were courageous enough to stand
up quickly and without hesitation in the face of the violence and injustice about which they had only recently learned the
news. Their voices were in opposition, as well, to other voices who also took to the airwaves in those days to instigate
hatred and anti-semitism.
performance of this work requires double woodwinds and brass, temple blocks, piano, strings, tenor solo, and SATB chorus.
The title, Malachey Elyon, is taken from the opening song of the Shabbat service: Shalom aleichem malachey ha-sharet;
malachey elyon... [Peace be with you ministering angels, messengers from the Most High...]
I express thanks and appreciation to Maria Mazzenga of the CUA archives department of the Mullen library at CUA;
to Cantor Rosalie Boxt of the Kensington Hebrew Congregation, and to Dr. Saúl Sosnowski, Associate Provost for International
Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, for their invaluable assistance with the Hebrew texts; to Michael Mermagen,
faculty, School of Music at CUA, for editing the original broadcast audio file for use in this musical work; and to Murry
Sidlin, dean of the School of Music at CUA, for his support of this project.