Nicholas Wilton - Sacred Choral Music


CD cover - Sacred Choral Music by Nicholas Wilton

This recording is in honour of Our Lord, on the 2000th anniversary of His Incarnation and Nativity, and in honour of Our Lady on the 2000th anniversary of her Divine Maternity. It is dedicated principally to Our Lady of Salette, St Michael the Archangel and St Philomena; secondly to all the other "mythological" characters with whom I pray I may have the privilege of spending eternity.  Thirdly, it is dedicated to the "children of light". (N.W.)

There are a total of 14 tracks on the CD. You can listen to samples from the Sacred Choral Music CD below,
or download and view samples of the sheet music

  Ave in aeternum Listen
This prayer is found in two mediaeval English Uses (Sarum and Bangor), and is the priest's prayer before Communion.

Requiem aeternam Listen
These words, from the deutero-canonical fourth book of Esdras, are a recurring theme in the Catholic Church's Mass and Office of the Dead.
  Optimam partem I Listen
  This text is from the ancient and traditional Mass for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and forms the Communion. In both this Mass and the Vigil the Church applies passages from the Old Testament (Ecclesiasticus and Psalms) to the divine Mary, by way of typology.
Ave Maria Listen
The Ave Maria combines the first astonishing words spoken to the Blessed Virgin Mary by the Archangel Gabriel, followed by the joyful exclamation of St Elizabeth on being visited by the Mother of God, and a filial plea which was later added by the Church. This setting was made in 1998, and is dedicated to Our Lady, Star of the Sea.
  O salutaris Listen
These two verses conclude the Lauds hymn Verbum supernum by St Thomas Aquinas, who composed both Mass an Office for the feast of Corpus Christi. O Salutaris is the first of three Benediction pieces completed in 1995.
  Ave verum Listen
  Ave verum is attributed to Pope Innocent V whose reign of exactly four months ended with his death on the 22 June 1276. The text survives in different versions. The original ends with "O dulcis! O Pie! O Fili Mariae." Ave Verum is a companion piece to O salutaris and Tantum ergo
Tantum ergo Listen
  These two verses, used by the Roman Church at Benediction, conclude the hymn Pange lingua, which is sung at the Corpus Christi Procession and on Maundy Thursday.

  Panis angelicus Listen
  Panis angelicus and the verse which follows conclude Sacris solemnis - Matins hymn for the feast of Corpus Christi. The music for this setting was completed in 2000. It was performed for the first time, by Julian Gavin, for this recording. Panis angelicus is dedicated to the Martyrs of Devon and Cornwall of 1549.
  In manus tuas, Domine Listen
  The first seven words of this text are Christ's last words from the cross; taken from verse six of Psalm 30 (In te Domine speravi) with "Domine" added from the first verse. They occur (slightly altered) at Compline.
  Cor meum Listen
  This verse from the Psalm 83 is also the Communion verse for the feast of St Philip Neri. The piece was written in 1994 as a wedding present fro James and Bridget Cooper, and is dedicated to St Philip Neri.
  Beata viscera Mariae Listen
  Beata viscera is the Communion from various of the seasonal Masses de Beata, and this setting was first sung on the feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in October 1994. Beata viscera Mariae is dedicated to Our Lady.
  Ave Maria Listen
  This seven-part setting of the Ave Maria is a revision of an earlier one for five voices. It is dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette, who, on 19 September 1846, appeared, weeping, to two little children on the mountain of La Salette, in the French Alps. She told them "Rome will lose the Faith, and become the seat of the Antichrist...the Church will be eclipsed; the world will be in dismay."
  Optimam partem II Listen
  This companion piece to Optimam Partem I is here dedicated to Madeleine Beard.
  Felix namque es Listen
Felix namque es is the Offertory in Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary between Christmas and Easter. This setting, for choir and organ, was commissioned by the St Bartholomew's Polyphony Choir, Norbury. The Polyphony Choir gave the first performance in Advent 1999.



children of light,

you little number who see clearly,

for behold the time of times,

the end of ends"


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