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Ubi Caritas : for SATB Choir with divisi

by Paul Stanhope (2012)

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Performance by Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

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Ubi Caritas : for SATB choir / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. 782.55525/STA 6 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Ubi Caritas, commissioned by Graeme Morton and the Brisbane Chamber Choir, was written with both liturgical and concert performances in mind, and for this reason I sought a text that could work both in a specific church-based context and also strive for more universal themes. I essentially view it as an exhortation for unity through shared love and respect.
Although there are small references to a plainchant melody (more famously used by Maurice Duruflé in his own Ubi Caritas) the musical style is largely homophonic, although with considerable interplay between voices. Dance-like verses and more contemplative sections are punctuated by a refrain which gradually begins to dissolve into free echo sections as the piece progresses.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: SATB Choir with divisi and small solo parts.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Cathedral choir standard or high standard amateur choir

Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Brisbane Chamber Choir at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Laughter & Lament (St Luke's Church, Toowoomba) on 28 Jul 2012

Work revised 2015


Performances of this work

27 Sep 2019: at Burgundian Consort: Sing Ye Praises (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Burgundian Consort.

25 Jul 2019: at Butterflies Dance (Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW). Featuring Burgundian Consort.

5 Oct 2014: at Brisbane Chamber Choir (Christ Church Cathedral (Newcastle NSW)). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

3 Oct 2014: at Brisbane Chamber Choir (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

13 Oct 2013: at Aussie Gold (Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

11 Aug 12: St Johns Cathedral, Brisbane. Featuring Graeme Morton, Brisbane Chamber Choir.

5 Aug 2012: at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Laughter and Lament (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Graeme Morton, Brisbane Chamber Choir.

4 Aug 2012: at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Laughter & Lament (St Mark's Anglican Church, Buderim). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

28 Jul 2012: at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Laughter & Lament (St Luke's Church, Toowoomba). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

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