Susanni (2015)

September 3rd, 2019

www.phillipcooke.comSusanni (2015)


SATB, with soprano and tenor soli

Susanni (2015) (pdf)

fp. 16 December 2017, St Anne’s Church, Manchester; Kantos Chamber Choir, Elspeth Slorach


Susanni is a simple setting of the anonymous fifteenth century text. My work keeps the unusual form of the text with its double refrain, using these sections as quasi-plainchant solo lines against held chords in the choir. The piece increases in intensity and texture until the final verse, where the solo and ensemble lines are swapped, leading to a distant and fragile ending.


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