24 April 2015
SATB choir, S or T solo
Commissioned by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
f.p. Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge / Geoffrey Webber, June 2004
recorded on SIGCD070, ‘All the Ends of the Earth’
Sint lumbi was written for the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and is a ‘reading-through’ of the Winchester Troper piece of the same name. It divides the original between two pairs of voices (soprano-alto, tenor-bass), and steadily shifts the music higher and higher as it becomes louder and more florid. The notes, however, are basically exactly the same as the original piece, giving it the status of an alternative (or mis-) transcription of the material.
‘An arresting application of the principles of the medieval Winchester Troper.’ BBC Music Magazine