Empyrean

Pott, Francis (2015) Empyrean. [Audio]

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Abstract

This 10-minute organ recital piece was composed in 1981-2 for the Lloyd's Bank / Cornhill National Composition Competition, in which it won both the First Prize and the Special Prize for an unpublished composer aged under 30. Inspired by the experience of sitting under the Octagon of Ely Cathedral during a performance of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts, the music bears a superscription in the form of the first and last verses from one of the great hymn texts of Isaac Watts (1674-1748):

'Give us the wings of faith, to rise
Within the veil, and see
The saints above, how great their joys,
How bright their glories be...

...Our glorious Leader claims our praise
For His own pattern given,
While the great cloud of witnesses
Show the same path to heaven.'

The composer's note for this work may be read below as a scanned upload. Two separate commercial recordings of this work were released during 2015 and are detailed below. An earlier recording was released by the then Assistant Organist of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, Tristan Russcher, in 2006.

Item Type: Audio
Additional Information: The score of this music was published in 1989 by United Music Publishers Ltd. This company went into liquidation in 2014 and copyright in the music has reverted to the composer. A separate company named United Music Publishing has been set up by former employees of the previous company, and is selling remaining stock of this and other scores, but retains no legal rights as to the score or imprint.
Subjects: Music
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Depositing User: FRANCIS POTT
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 14:08
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2380

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