Four Occasional Motets

for unaccompanied SATB

on texts concerning
St Thérèse
of Lisieux
and her parents
Bl. Louis Martin and Bl. Azélie-Marie Martin

Music by Jeremy de Satgé
(Catalogue L032)

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As this music is recorded, we will put recordings on the site for you to listen to.

The first piece 'It is so sweet' was first recorded on The Little Flower CD in 2009.

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Composer’s Notes

This collection of short motets would not have come into being without the indefatigable Maureen O’Riordan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) who operates the web sites “Louis and Zélie Martin” (www.louisandzeliemartin.org) and “Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: A Gateway” (www.thereseoflisieux.org).   My principal reason for writing these pieces is to add to the repertoire of music that reflects the spirituality of St Thérèse and her parents, Bl. Louis Martin and Bl. Azélie-Marie Martin, whose cause for canonisation is being promoted at the time of writing.  Not only are these pieces suitable for any celebration relating to the Martin family but also I hope that they may be useful for other liturgical celebrations as well.

The pieces are all written for four unaccompanied voices (SATB) and should not be beyond the ability of the average amateur parish choir.

1.  Originally written in 2009 for a CD to accompany the tour of the Relics of
St Thérèse around England, “It is so sweet to serve God in the dark night and in the midst of trial. After all we have but this life in which to live by faith”
(St Thérèse) is suitable as a post-Communion meditational piece or perhaps during an Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Musically, this is a reworking of a setting of Ave Maria that I wrote in 1997.

2.  I originally thought of “God gave me a mother and a father more worthy of heaven than of earth” as a Processional piece or an Introit.  The repeated musical figure on the word “Deus” gives the piece a sense of movement. These words were written by St Thérèse.

3.  One of the deepest themes of the lives of both Bl. Louis and Zélie Martin was their almost violent orientation to eternity. On a trip abroad Louis wrote that he had “already had enough of the beauty that surrounds him and dreams of Heaven and infinity.” He then quoted Thomas à Kempis “Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity, except loving God and serving Him alone!”  In writing this motet, I wanted to show the contrast between a futile and vain earthly existence and the sweetness and satisfaction found in “loving God and serving Him alone.”  This might be used as an Offertory or Communion motet.  It is especially suitable for a Mass with a penitential feel or perhaps during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Equally, it could serve a piece during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

4.  When Céline Martin, the last of the Martin daughters outside the monastery, told her father that she would become a nun after his death, he said “Come, let’s go together to the Blessed Sacrament to thank him for the honour he does me in choosing his spouses in my home.  If I possessed anything better, I would hasten to offer it to him.” These words are suitable as a meditation during Benediction or other Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as a reflection on how we can all give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings of this life.

Jeremy de Satgé
October 2013
 

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