Posts tagged ‘Rowan Williams’

December 1, 2013

2013-12-01 Notes from the Bench

“Advent Calendar” by Peter Hallock

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

The American composer, Peter Hallock, (b. 1924) is an influential figure within the Episcopal tradition.  He is best-known for establishing the great musical traditions at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA where he served as the organist and choirmaster for forty years.  Hallock has composed numerous sacred works, many of which remain unpublished, including motets, large-scale anthems, and the widely used Ionian Psalter, a three-year cycle of psalm settings for choir with congregational antiphons.

Advent Calendar was commissioned to honor Archbishop Rowan Williams on the occasion of his retirement by The Compass Rose Society. The text for this work is a poem by Archbishop Williams.  The premier performance of Advent Calendar was sung during the Evensong service at Canterbury Cathedral by the Canterbury Cathedral choir on October 5, 2012.

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