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Contemporary Choral

ROXANNA PANUFNIK

Hymn to St Alfege Double choir and organ

FRANKFURT/M • LEIPZIG • LONDON • NEW YORK www.editionpeters.com

EP 72231


When I was approached by Greenwich’s Church of St Alfege, to compose an anthem to mark their patron saint’s millenneum (since his death in 1012), it was to Frances Shaw’s wonderful translation of Osbern’s Life of Alfege that I turned. The last paragraph sounded like an emotional and plaintive prayer to Alfege, referring to his terrible demise having been kidnapped by marauding Danes who then pelted him to death with animal bones – because Alfege would not give them Canterbury’s riches to secure his release. I would have loved to use all of Frances’s beautiful translation but it would have been too long for this purpose – so my classicist husband Stephen Macklow-Smith, translated these last few lines of the original text again and wrote a simpler but deeply plaintive poem inspired by it – making the words sound more like the kind of vernacular an ordinary person might use, when asking Alfege for his help, at straightened times. It seems there was once a Hymn to St Alfege but no record of the music or the words still exist. I have tried to add authenticity to my Hymn by using a fragment of plainsong (Kyrie Orbis Creator, Use of Salisbury), which would have been sung in Southern England around the time of Alfege’s death. I have set the first phrase of the original Latin text “Magni Regis, Magne miles;” to the plainsong, as an ostinato that runs throughout the piece. My thanks go to Stephen Dagg, Director of Music at St Alfege Church, the Church itself for commissioning this piece and to Frances Shaw for her inspiration and guidance with the text and its context. Roxanna Panufnik, 11th January 2012 HYMN TO ST ALFEGE Magni Regis, magne miles Elphege; Great Alfege, soldier of a great King; Alphege, great soldier Who served a great King! Your cloak was washed in the blood of Almighty God, Hear now the prayers of your family who cry out to you. You defended us with your life, now intercede for us in death. You vanquished the Prince of Darkness, fortified by your faith, Now stand with us against him, and help us to victory. You took pity on those who stoned you, So take pity on those who seek your help, So that victory comes to those who love you, rather than those who raged against you. Defend those who serve you from the gates of death and hell, Transport us to the gates of Paradise and the embrace of Christ, Who lives and reigns with the eternal Father and the Co-Eternal Spirit, The one, the only, the true God through the infinite ages of ages. Translation © Stephen Macklow-Smith

Hymn to St Alfege was commissioned by Christopher Moody (Vicar) and Stephen Dagg (Director of Music) on behalf of the Royal Church of St Alfege, Greenwich with funds made available by the Parochial Church Council and a generous donation from Mr and Mrs Andrew Murray Lewis. Hymn to St Alfege was composed for the occasion of the millennium of the martyrdom of Alfege, celebrated on Thursday April 19th, 2012 Duration c. 5 minutes


Hymn to St Alfege Roxanna Panufnik

Osbern, translated & adapted by Stephen Macklow-Smith q = 54 mp

Soprano 1

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Edition Peters No. 72231 © Copyright 2011 by Hinrichsen Edition, Peters Edition Ltd, London

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great King!

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Who served a great King!

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great King!

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Who served a great King!

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in the blood of Al

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Your cloak was washed

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Your cloak was washed

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Hear our prayers,

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hear now our prayers

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fa - mi - ly who cry out

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prayers of your

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Becoming more hopeful q = 66

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q = 66

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with your life,

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You van- quished the Prince

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of Dark - ness,

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     forti-fied

by your faith,

death.

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mag - ne

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        Now stand with us

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Now stand with us

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vic - to ry, mf

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Mag - ni

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You took pi -ty on those who stoned

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       

-

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you,

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gis

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gis

Mag - ne

 

   



mi - les El -

mi - les El -

 

     

   


10

  

mf

         

34

     Mag ni Re mp

     Mag ni

  

-

       

gis

Mag ne

        

Re - gis

Mag ne

     So that vic - to - ry

mi - les El - phe -

mi - les El - phe -

 



 

ge,

ge,



So take pi - ty on those who seek your help,

-

-



ge,

ge,

              

  

         

  - phe

mf

 

mp

   - phe

So take pi - ty on those who seek your help,

 



     Mag - ni

  

    mf

 

     

 

           

  

Re - gis





 

 

   mp


11

      38

   

   comes to those

  

who love

 

you,

   

love you.

      Mag - ni

        So that vic - to - ry

 

   

   comes to those

Re - gis

  

3

  

who love

ra - ther than

3

  

ra - ther than

           mag - ne

     

  

mi - les El -

    

   

phe

-

  



ge,

      

 

     Mag - ni

   



mf



 

Re - gis

 

 


12

  

mf

41

  

those

   those

   3

raged

    

f

a - gainst

f



    

   

f



a - gainst

3

who raged

   

those

 

those

   those

you.

f

mi - les El -

     3

3

who raged

  

-

who raged

you.

    

    



 

 



you.

-

mf

   

mf

   

De - fend

   

f

phe

   

De - fend

  

  

 

  

f

    

    

    

Re - gis

mp

                    

mf

Re - gis

    

Mag - ni

mp

Mag - ni

 

Re - gis

mp

Mag - ni

ge,

 

mp

Mag - ni

you.

a - gainst

mi - les El -

 



f

mag - ne

mf

De - fend

     

f

          

ge,

    

a - gainst 3

  

f

a - gainst

who raged

  

phe

   

you.

a - gainst

          

De - fend

    

who raged

mf

you.

    

3

mag - ne

 

   

Re - gis

   

   


13

   45

   

those

who serve you

 

from the

who serve you

gates

from the

        



mi - les El -

mi - les El -

          mag - ne mi - les El          mag - ne

  

 

   



and



phe



phe

of death

hell,

hell,

 

hell,

hell,

-

    

-

  

     

-

  

   

 phe

-

 





 

 

 

 



and

 

  

mi - les El -

and

of death

gates

phe

of death

gates

         

mag - ne

and

3              

   

mag - ne

of death

3              

who serve you

those

 

from the

    

 

            

gates

3

who serve you

   those

 

from the

    

those

3            

ge,

El - phe

ge,

El - phe

ge,

 

El - phe

-

-



 

 

 

  

-

       

   

ge,

 

 


14

  

     

3        

 

     

3        

48

  

Mood lifting...

Tran- sport

Tran - sport

of

Pa -

  

3

to the gates

of

ra - dise

Pa -

ra - dise

      mp

tran - sport

mp

      mag - ni

- ge

 

- ge

Re - gis

mf

Tran- sport

      Tran - sport

mag -

   

ne

mi - les El -

3          

 

3

to the gates

of

Pa -

3        

of

phe

-

  

ge,

       (mf)

Pa -

ra...

tran - sport

   

Re - gis

    

  

   mag -



  

        



ne

mi - les El -

phe

-

 

 



 

 

us,

mp

 

us,

ra - dise

3

to the gates



tran - sport

mag - ni

us

  

 

     

   

us

mf

  - ge

  

     



us

to the gates

  

us

 

3

  

  

  

 

us,

  

ge,

        


15

        51

Lovingly... mf

   

and the em - brace

3



of Christ

who lives

 

       Mag - ni

 

Re - gis

  

  

mag

-

ne

mi - les El -

3        

mf

Lovingly...

the

and

  

         

em - brace

of

phe

-

ge,



Christ,

   3

who lives

 

       Mag - ni

        

   

Re - gis

  mag

   

 

   

 

       -

ne

mi - les El -

 

 

 

  

  

phe

-

      

  

ge,

  

  


16

poco accel.

     54

 

Fa -

  

and reigns

mf

      Mag

-

ni

Re

and reigns

-

gis

lives

f

lives

 

     

  

reigns with the e - ter

      ni

Re

 





 





Mag

-

 -

gis

 

mf

    

ther

- nal

Fa - ther and the Co - E - ter - nal

f

 

- nal

Fa -

ther

- nal

Fa -

ther and the Co - E - ter - nal

f               



  



f               

mi - les El - phe -



ge,

f



         

       

mag - ne

Fa - ther and the Co - E - ter - nal

mi - les El - phe -

and reigns with the e - ter

mf

nal

       

and reigns with the e - ter

   

-

ther

f

mag - ne

3

Fa -

      

  

mf

 

      

reigns with the e - ter

3           

f

with the e - ter - nal

  

and reigns mf

f

   

 

     

ge,

     f

     

         


17

Excitedly

   58

q = 84

   

          

          

Spi - rit,

   

through the in - fi -nite

    

    



  

Spi - rit,

        

 

  

 

      

  

 

through the in - fi -nite

  

    

        

 

   

 

 

   

              

   

        

the one, the on - ly, the true

   

God



    

the one, the on - ly, the true

  

the one, the on - ly, the true

   

through the in - fi -nite

the one, the on - ly, the true

Spi - rit,

Spi - rit,

   

through the in - fi -nite

        

    

 

    

through the in - fi -nite

the one, the on - ly,

Spi - rit,

 



the one, the on - ly,

Spi - rit,

    

the one, the on - ly,

  

 

the one, the on - ly,

Spi - rit,

  

   

Really happy! rall.



 

God

God

God

through the in - fi -nite

through the in - fi -nite



through the in - fi -nite

        

       



   



         




18

Maestoso

        

q = 52 ff

a - ges

of a

      a - ges

-

of a...

ff

     Re -

ff

 ges.

Mag - ni

of a...

        a - ges

of a

of a

-

       a-ges of a -

ff

    

ff

     

of a...

Re -

 

   

      

gis

A

 

    

 

   ff

    

-

-

 

-

Re -

-

men.

 

     -

men.

  

gis,

 

    

A

-

-

     

gis,

men.

men.



A

 



A

 

men.



A

  

 

men.



    

gis,

men.



A

ges.

Mag - ni



A

 ff               a - ges

    

ges.

Mag - ni

 

 

 

        a - ges

Re -

ff

-

q = 66

A

 ff                a - ges

     

ges.

Mag - ni

         a-ges of a 

 

 

63

-

   

 

 

 

men.

       f

     




19 f      68

Al

  -

phege

 

 

phe

-

ge.

   mf

-

phege

 

 

f

El

  

-



phe

-

 

ge.

   mf

Al

 

-

phege



 

 

 

-



 

 

 

 

 

Al

Al

 

f

El

f     

  -

 

  

     



mf





   

 

  

     

phege


20

  70

rall.

mp

 A

 



 

 

Mag - ni

Re - gis,

mp

 A

 A

mp         

mp

 

 

  

-

-

-

Re - gis,

         

-

-

mp

-

-

mp

 A

 

-

 

Mag - ni

-



A



-

mp

   



A

       

-

mp

A

mp

-

 A

  

-

-

-

-

  

    

  

men.

   

men.

   

men.

 

men.

 

men.

 

   

 

 

   

 

  

men.

  

men.

 

men.

              

 


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