Easter motet

March 24, 2008

Every year, St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto hosts a distinguished lecturer in their “Christianity and the Arts” series. This year the lecturer is James MacMillan, one of the world’s finest living composers, speaking on the topic “The Catholic Composer Today“. How I would love to be there.

MacMillan is a terrific composer. He first achieved international attention with his percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel in 1992, and has since gone on to write arresting and beautiful music in many genres: symphonies, concerti, and choral music, both liturgical and otherwise. His opera, The Sacrifice, based on one of the tales in the Mabinogion, premiered just last year at the Welsh National Opera.

Here is a performance of his motet Christus vincit, composed in 1994 for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The choir is the Vancouver-based Musica Intima. They’re awfully good.

Christus vincit
Christus regnat
Christus imperat

4 Responses to “Easter motet”

  1. Michael Says:

    Stunning. I may have no choice but to check out the lecture…

  2. Richard Toporoski Says:

    It’s inaccurate to say that “the University of Toronto hosts a distinguished lecturer in their “Christianity and the Arts” series.” It would be more accurate to say that the host is the University of St Michael’s College, since the annual lecture is sponsored by the Christianity and Culture programme of St Michael’s College. Any U. of T. connexion rests only on the fact that St Michael’s Christianity and Culture programme is one of the programmes of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto, of which the College is a part by virtue of the federation of U.S.M.C. with U. of T. But it should be St Michael’s that gets the credit for supporting this lecture series.

  3. cburrell Says:

    Thank you, Dr. Toporoski, for the clarification. The nature of the relationship between St. Michael’s College and the University of Toronto is somewhat obscure to me, and I am not surprised — though of course I am displeased — to find that I made a false inference in this case. I shall amend the text.

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