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For Cantorum Chamber Choir, Steven Durschi, Artistic Director.
First performance given by Cantorum Chamber Choir, Steve Durtschi, conductor at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orem, Utah on February 13, 2017.
Selection for PROJECT: ENCORE, Fall 2017.
I refer to "Benedictus" as a "tangental opus" because it was originally conceived as part of my bigger work, Missa Brevis. As the work came into it's own, it was clear that the "Benedictus" didn't belong. "Benedictus" was cut from the Mass very early in the process of writing, however the material, particularly the mid-range ostinato continued loudly singing in the proverbial back of my mind. Just as that ostinato persists throughout the piece, it persisted in my ear until I finally hashed it out on the page.
"Benedictus" was born, making references to the Missa Brevis but is it's own piece and should not be programmed as part of the Mass, though may make a nice companion piece to it.
I hope you enjoy performing this little piece. Originally abandoned in the waste basket, the music insisted on existing and I'm incredibly glad that it did.
Lyrics: Eucharistic Prayer
Blessed is he that cometh
in the name of the Lord.
Benedictus qui venit
in Nomine Domini.