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Alison Willis

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for SATB choir (extensive divisi)

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Composer Alison Willis

Year of Composition



ca. 6' 50"

Student Difficulty

Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-aw1amwtm1


The text for this piece is taken from a Middle English Poem (Bodleian MS. Arch. Selden B. 26, f. 7v). It is combined with the words of the Kyrie Eleison, starting with one simple motif, building to many layered polyphony and returning to the single motif at the end.

To some extent it is inspired by Tallis’s Spem in Alium and could be performed in the round.