Jonathan Pitkin

ESTO MIHI IN DEUM PROTECTOREM for mixed voices (2003)

Duration: 2.5 mins
Score available from OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

The text of this short choral work, the first line of which might be translated as 'Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a place of refuge', is taken from the Gradual for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. It is characterised by the use of dense but consonant harmony, set against a soaring melodic line, and incorporating some unexpected expressive shifts.

Audio extract:

(Performers: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford / Stephen Darlington)