O salutaris Hostia (2008)
A setting of St Thomas Aquinas’s O salutaris Hostia
fp. 3 May 2012; Camerata Silesia, Anna Szostak, Seminary Church, Częstochowa, Poland as part of “Gaude Mater” International Festival of Sacred Music 2012
UK.p. (recording). 10-11 January 2013; Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Sarah MacDonald, Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK
UK.p. (concert). 05 December 2015; Northern Spirit Singers, Clare Wills, St Oswald’s Church, Durham, UK
Greek.p. 27 March 2016, Northern Spirit Singers, Andy King, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Athens, Greece
A recording of this work is available on Phillip Cooke, Choral Music released on Regent Records, REGCD411 and available to buy here.
This score is published by Schott and can be purchased here.
The text of O salutaris Hostia has always appealed to me, with particularly good settings by an anonymous Renaissance composer and by Herbert Howells springing to mind. My work is in a florid, polyphonic style with the declamatory homophonic opening contrasting with the more polyphonic later material. The work is bound together by a simple melodic phrase that occurs throughout, often as a characteristic suspension figure.