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Canticle of Moses : voice with accompaniment

by Stephen Holgate (1997)

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Performance by Stephen Holgate, Margaret Holgate, Jessica Holgate from the CD Tower of the spirit

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Tower of the spirit / Stephen Holgate.

Library shelf no. CD 577 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Canticle of Moses takes its lyric from Rev 15.3-4 and Ex15, praising God's majesty and holiness as he looks after his people and guides them to his holy dwelling place on the mountain, seen here as the temple of the human heart in prayer. The booklet includes an arrangement for keyboard, optional guitar, melody and a vocal harmony line.

Canticle of Moses is one of eleven hymns composed for the Tower of the Spirit - a book and recording project published in 1999 (ISBN 0 9577534 0 3) with support from the Australia Council. The lyrics for the songs adapt texts from the Christian mystical tradition including writings from William Johnston, Matthew Fox, Bede Griffiths, John Henry Newman, scripture and 4-5th century monk John Cassian. Cistercian monk, Fr. Michael Casey, remarks, "These are classical texts from the Christian tradition suitable for 'rumination'. Each time we return to them we find new sources of inspiration. This is food for the mature Christian".

The songs employ a contemporary style accessible to schools, congregations, choirs and groups, yet aim to convey a certain sense pf mystery and awe. They may be sung within the context of Christian liturgy and worship or to highlight key mysteries in the life of Christ. The fully arranged CD recordings can be simply listened to for pleasure and aim to support the Christian spiritual life.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Keyboard with optional guitar; vocal melody line; additional melody harmony line.

Difficulty: Medium — Easy melody line for congregation. Competent keyboard.

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