C.P.E. Bach - St John Passion (1772)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach wrote a different setting of the Passion of Christ for twenty-one consecutive years. They represent the final stage of a long tradition of oratorio Passions in Hamburg. This setting sees C.P.E. Bach borrowing music from Georg Philipp Telemann, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, Gottfried August Homilius and even pinching the final chorus 'Ruht wohl' from his father, Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion BWV 245.
J.S.Bach - Ich lasse dich nicht
(c.1712) Johann Sebastian Bach's motet Ich lasse dich nicht was rediscovered in 1999 in Kiev. Originally dubbed the work of Johann Sebastian's uncle it is now thought this is an original composition, and ranks among the best crafted of his seven surviving motets. Structured in two parts; the first features a double chorus alternating phrases and eventually joining together in their pleading. In the second section, the choir is no longer divided and sopranos sing the cantus firmus of the chorale, while the lower voices engage in imitative polyphony.
Arvo Pärt- Da pacem Domine
Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, wrote Da pacem Domine as a tribute to victims of the Madrid attacks of 11th March 2004 (10 bombs in 4 trains and 192 victims).
Maurice Duruflé - Tota pulchra es
Performed by Queen's Park Junior Singers, Tota pulchra es Maria is one of four motets by Maurice Duruflé based on Gregorian plainchant. The melody is given to the upper soprano line while the other voices weave fluttering pattern around it. The text is from a 4th century Marian antiphon which borrows words from the Song of Songs and the Book of Judith.