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In loco isto : for SSATBB chorus unaccompanied

by Elliott Gyger (2002)

Audio Sample

Performance by Seraphim Singers, Jennifer Lester from the CD Choral music

Choral music


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Choral music : live recordings 1987-2004 / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. CD 1518 [Available for loan]

In loco isto


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In loco isto : for SSATBB chorus unaccompanied / Elliott Gyger.

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

Work Overview

Written as a housewarming gift for conductor Jennifer Lester, In loco isto (2002) sets the words spoken by Jacob on waking from his dream of the angels ascending and descending. My take on the text is not as a celebration of a particular place, but rather as a heightened sensitivity to the divine presence anywhere and everywhere, especially in places which might have seemed familiar and ordinary. In this work the multiple languages are not allocated strictly to different singers (as is the case in And I heard a voice and Rezo). The whole choir sings in each language in turn at first, before all three are superimposed in the final section. The music is built around the idea of taking another look at things, from a fresh and sometimes surprising angle - whether by shifting from one language to another, or reinterpreting a note or chord in a new context.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: SMSATBarB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Good amateur.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jennifer Lester

First performance: by Jennifer Lester, Seraphim Singers — 15 Feb 04. Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mission Hill, Boston, USA

Words from the Bible: Genesis 26:16,17


Performances of this work

19 Jun 04: Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts USA. Featuring Seraphim Singers, Jennifer Lester.

15 Feb 04: Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mission Hill, Boston, USA. Featuring Jennifer Lester, Seraphim Singers.

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