Four Communion Motets for choir & organ

music by Mozart, Elgar & Franck
(Catalogue C002)


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As part of our ongoing mission to help improve the state of Catholic parish music and in addition to our own catalogue of new and original publications, we are pleased to introduce our Christian Choral Classics Series, which contain new editions of older pieces of music that we consider of merit and suitable for parish choir performance.

The four pieces in this selection of Communion Motets should well be within the scope of most parish choirs able to sing in harmony.

Ecce panis angelorum, described as a Portuguese melody with an unknown composer, is a delightful little piece.  As many choirs are short of men, this piece is especially useful and may be sung without the tenor line altogether.  In the case of a choir without an alto section, then the lower part of the 3rd verse may be sung by men.

Elgar’s Ave verum corpus is a well-known and sweet setting of this familiar text.  Again, it may be performed without the tenor line with a baritone putting in the tenor “O clemens” on the last page.  The secret of this piece is that it should not be sung too slow and it needs to have a strong sense of legato throughout.

Mozart’s Ave verum corpus is even better known than that of Elgar.  This really does require the tenor line in order to savour the piece’s full harmonic richness.

There have been many versions of Cesar Franck’s Panis angelicus published over the years.  This two part setting is very flexible in that it is set in the key of F major, making the tessitura of both parts well within the range of most voices.  It may be sung as a solo throughout or with the second verse as a duet or with a chorus singing the lower part.  It may be sung by female or male voices only – hence its flexibility in being able to suit choirs with a variety of resources.