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Musical settings of Thomas Traherne

Christopher Brown (b.1943)

Invocation op.90Reflections at a new millennium for double choir & organ

The work sets lines from a number of sources, including Traherne’s poem entitled My Spirit (verse 5, lines 1-5)and is scored for SSAATTBB with soli & organ.

O Joy! O Wonder. and Delight!
O Sacred Mysterie!
My Soul a Spirit infinit!
An Image of the Deitie!
A pure Substantiall Light!

The piece was first performed on 8th January, 2000 at the Catholic Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge by the New Cambridge Singers, conducted by Christopher Brown.

Published: Christopher Brown 2000

Recorded: New Cambridge Singers, conducted by Christopher Brown with Peter Barley (organ). The recording was issued by Riverrun Records (RVRCD68) on a cd entitled "The Glory and the Dream".

To Musick, Sing! op.82

The work sets text from a variety of sources including Traherne’s poem On Christmas-Day (lines 13-18)for SSAATTBB with soli.

Shake off thy Sloth, my drouzy Soul, awake;
With Angels sing
Unto thy King,
And pleasant Musick make;
Thy Lute, thy Harp, or els thy Heart-strings take,
And with thy Musick let thy Sense awake.

The piece was first performed on 17th March 1993 by Clare College Choir, conducted by Christopher Brown, at the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester.

Published: Christopher Brown 2011