Sept Chants Sacrés »
Seven Sacral Songs »
female choir or twelve female voices and organ
: 15 minutes
was composed in 1991 for a female professional choir gathering around
fourty singers (the voice parts are rather difficult as intonation), with
an organ accompaniment.
In 2003, it was adaptated for twelve soloists and organ, and dedicated
to Nicole Corti and the Choeur Britten in this new version.
It is the setting of latin literary texts, which belong to the Antiphonarium
of Benedictine monks. All of them are short eight verses poems in praise
of God ; day after day they deal with the Worlds creation.
They originally served as words for gregorian hymns, the music of which
was not taken into account here.
The seven pieces are individually organized around melodic, harmonic and
rhythmic principles of same nature. But there is no thematic link between
Without damaging the general cohesion, each piece is conceived as a whole,
and tries to find its proper character in contrast with the others.