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Contemporary Choral

roxanna panufnik

Prayer Soprano Solo and Double Choir a cappella

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

EP 71866


in memory of Philip Jones

Commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund in the name of Sir Thomas Armstrong

First performance was given by combined choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, conducted by John Scott in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saint Cecilia’s Day, 22nd November 2000.

This score is a facsimile of the composer’s manuscript, reflecting the state of editorial work and correction as of February 2009


ROXANNA PANUFNIK

Prayer for Soprano solo and Double Choir Lyrics by George Herbert Duration c. 5 minutes Prayer, the Church’s banquet, angels’ age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet, sounding heaven and earth; Engine against the Almighty, sinner’s tower, Reverséd thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days’-world transposing in an hour, A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear; Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss, Exalted manna, gladness of the best, Heaven in ordinary, man well drest, The Milky Way, the bird of Paradise; Church bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood, The land of spices, something understood.

George Herbert Although technically a sonnet, the poem can be divided into four sections. Musically I’ve taken the first four lines and have aimed to evoke a harmonic feast of diversity (i.e. ‘the Church’s banquet’), also covering different pitch ranges and textures. The second four lines convey the awesomeness and potency of prayer (accentuated by a dissonant and slightly ominous ‘chant’ in some of the inner parts) and the third four lines contrast by depicting the gentleness and joy that prayer can bring. The last two lines conjure up the mystery and infinity of prayer - that it knows no bounds in what and who it can reach - hence the end of the piece drifting away into infinity.

Roxanna Panufnik, 2000


in memory of Philip Jones

Prayer for Soprano solo and Double Choir Roxanna Panufnik (* 1968)

Lyrics by George Herbert

  

q = 78

Solo

Sopranos 1

chiming, bell-like

   mf

  

Prayer,

  

Sopranos 2

 

 

Prayer, chiming, bell-like mf

 

 

 

 

Prayer,

 

  

 

 

Prayer,

 

 

  

Prayer,

Prayer,

Prayer,

Prayer,

Alto 1

 

Alto 2

 

Tenor 1

  

 

 

  

Tenor 2

Bass 1

Bass 2

q = 78

     Piano rehearsal only

mf

  

    

   

  

  

   

Edition Peters No. 71866 © Copyright 2003 by Hinrichsen Edition, Peters Edition Limited, London

     

   

  

   


2

 

accel.

5

Solo

  

  

S1

 

S2

 

 

Prayer,

Prayer,

 

 

 

  Prayer,



 

 

Prayer,

Prayer,

 

 

Prayer,

  

Prayer,

 

  Prayer,

A1

A2

 

 

T1

T2

the ang - els’

     

B1

 

f    

f

  

age,

the Chur- ch’s ban - quet, B2

   

Pno.

  

      

 

 

   

 

accel.

      

  

 

  


 

(accel.)

9

Solo

(q = 84)

  

S1

 f

 

 

Prayer,

S2

  

A2

f

 



mf



f

Prayer,

mf

f

Prayer,

  

T1

 

T2

mp sub.

 

 

    

God’s breath

Prayer,

A1

3

a tempo q = 78

mf

f





mf

f

Prayer,

God’s breath

in

mp sub.

  





mf

in

mp sub.

  



mp sub.

in



in

mp sub.

  





God’s breath

in

B2

Pno.

  



 

  

f

 

 

 

  

a tempo q = 78

  mp sub.

man

God’s breath

(q = 84)

man

  

(accel.)

man

God’s breath

B1

man

  

God’s breath

Prayer,



mp sub.

in

  

 

man

man

         


 Solo  4

13

S1

  

cresc.

 

mf

mp



  

cresc.

mf

 

mp



The

A1

cresc.

mf   

cresc. mf

 

T1

T2

B1

   

cresc. mf

mp

The

cresc.

mf

 

mf

cresc. mf             to his birth,

re - turn ing

to his birth,

      mf

          

cresc.

 

mf

  

soul

The uniti

 

 

soul



The

soul



The



soul

The

soul

The

soul



The

soul



The



 

     

 

 

mp

mp

The

    

 

uniti

The

cresc. mf

         B2    mf

pa - ra - phrase,

mp

The

re - turn ing

Pno.

 

mp

The

in

  

mp

The

A2

 

The soul

The

S2

mf

mp

soul

 

The

          

 


   17

Solo

 heart

 

S1

   in

pil

3

 - grim -





age,

 

heart...

A1

pil

   heart...



pil

   heart

T2

B1

heart...

B2

Pno.

pil

heart...

        

pil



Chris - tian



plum - met,

p



Ah

p

Ah 3

p

- grim - age,

Ah p

Ah 3

p

- grim - age,

Ah p

- grim - age,

      

3

  





plum - met,

Ah

3

- grim - age,



5

p

heart

T1

heart

A2

 The

3

Chris - tian

heart

S2

rall.

3

  

Ah

rall.

    



 

    p

  




6

(rall.)

 Solo   21

 

S1



soun -...

mp

   

     

hea -ven



soun -...

A1



  

mp

B2



and

mp



- ding

 



 

and

pp





pp



Mm

pp





Mm

pp





Mm

earth;

 



Mm

pp

Mm

earth;





earth;

 

hea -ven

pp

Mm

earth;

   



 

hea -ven

soun -...

and

mp

earth;



- ding

 

B1



earth;

  

mp

soun -...

  

T2





 

mp

uniti

uniti

hea -ven

- ding

  

T1

and

   

soun -...

 

A2

mp

earth;



- ding



earth;

hea -ven

  mp  



 

S2

mp

pp





Mm

earth;

pp





Mm

(rall.)

Pno.

      

  



          

  

        pp

 

      

 

        

mp


 Solo  25

S1

A

(rall.)

 

7

uniti

 

Mm

uniti S2

 

A1

 

 

Mm

A2

  

T1

T2

B1

        

Prayer,

 

prayer, p

 

Mm

  

 

 

 

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

p

Prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

Prayer,

 

p



q = 56

p

 Prayer,

        prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

Mm

B2

 





mm

  

 

 

  

 

 

p







A

(rall.)

Pno.

q = 56

  





        

  





 


8

 Solo 

 

 

S1

 

 

S2

 

 

28

  

A1



prayer,

A2



prayer,

   prayer,

T1

B1

 

mp

prayer,

B2

prayer,

  



    mp 

prayer,

 

prayer,



 

a - gainst

the

Al

   

the

 

Al





 

a - gainst

  

  

    

 

 

  

-

-

  



prayer,

  

  

 

prayer,

 

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

 

cresc.

prayer,

 



 



 



prayer,



migh - ty,

migh - ty,

      cresc.

 

prayer,

cresc.

prayer,

prayer,



cresc.

prayer,

prayer, -





prayer,

 

En - gine

prayer, -

cresc.

prayer,

prayer,

     Pno.

prayer,

mp

 

prayer,



prayer,

En - gine



  

prayer,

     prayer,

T2



   

     



  



   



   


  

S1

 

S2

 

A1

     

9

30

Solo

mp

prayer,

   



prayer,



prayer,



prayer,

  prayer,



prayer,



prayer,



prayer,

mp

A2

prayer,

    prayer, mp

T1

      prayer, mp

T2

   mf

B1

mf

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,





prayer,

        

-

prayer,

prayer,



 

prayer,

er,

 





 



prayer,

Re - vers - éd

er,

-



  



tow

          







tow

 

prayer,

 

sin - ner’s

Pno.

 

sin - ner’s

 B2   

prayer,

 



 



Re - vers - éd

 

    



     

 

   

  

prayer,

thun

-

thun

-

 



  


 Solo 

10

32

S1

S2



   prayer,     prayer,

T2



prayer,



prayer,

B2

Pno.



 

prayer,



 

 

spear,



prayer,

prayer,



prayer,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,

mf

prayer,

 

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,



prayer,





-

Christ

 

    





   



   

-



side

prayer,

3

- pier - cing

f

der,

side



prayer,



    

 

prayer,

Christ

mf

f

der,

spear,





 

mf

 

B1

f

3

mf

prayer,

T1





pier - cing

prayer,

A2

f

3

pier - cing

   

A1

 

3



- pier - cing 3

            f

(mf)  f

  3

 



prayer,



prayer,



 

 

 

 

 

spear,

 spear,

            

 


   34

Solo

S1

S2

A1

  

 



prayer,

T1

T2

uniti mf

    The

six

       The

six

    prayer,

prayer,

-

prayer,

  

  

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

 

days’ - world



 



days’ - world

prayer,

prayer,

  B2  

    

The

six

trans - pos

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

The

six

-

                          mf

    

       mf

days’ - world

 

days’ - world

                

 





-

ing

in

an

-







prayer,

prayer,





prayer,

prayer,

 

prayer,

 -



trans - pos

   

in

an

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

       

trans - pos

 

ing

       

mf



prayer,

-



trans - pos

                  prayer, prayer, prayer, prayer, prayer, prayer, mf     

Pno.

-



mf

  

B1



                       prayer,

A2

 

  

11

-

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,





ing

in

an





ing

in

an

                                 


 Solo  37

 

  

S1

( )

hour,

( )

  

S2

hour,

   

A1

prayer,

A2



prayer,

   prayer,

T1

    prayer,

T2



prayer,



prayer,

Pno.

hour,





an

hour,



prayer,

prayer,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,



prayer,





an

hour,



hour,

an

hour,

        

   

 



 





prayer,



 an

prayer,

 

( )

prayer,

 an

prayer,



( )

 

prayer,

 



an

hour,

B2

 

prayer,

 

B1

 

      



12



prayer,



prayer,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,



prayer,



prayer,

( )

( )

 an

 an

 



 

     




 

13

39

Solo

ff

S1



uniti mf

hour, uniti ff

 

S2

    prayer,

A2



prayer,

   prayer,

T1

    prayer,

T2



prayer,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,



prayer,



prayer,

B2



A

kind

of

tune,

 



A

kind

of

tune,



prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

mf

   

      

mf

   





kind

of

tune, -



kind

of

tune,

      

   

prayer,

A

ff



hour,

  

things



all

prayer,

    

mf



prayer, -

prayer,

which

prayer,



things

  

prayer,

mf

 

prayer,

all

prayer,

ff





which

A

 

prayer,



hour,



 

  

ff

Pno.

prayer,

ff

prayer,

 

B1



mf

hour,

A1

 

     



prayer,



  

prayer,

prayer,

which

all

  

which

all

           

things

 things

  


 Solo  14

41

S1

S2

rall.

 

mp



hear

mp



hear

   

A1

prayer,

A2

dim.



   prayer,

T1

 

dim.

     prayer,

T2

B2

Pno.

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

    prayer,

 

B1

p

    prayer,

p



mp



mp



hear

      prayer, prayer,



prayer,

p

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,

prayer,





   

prayer,

   

prayer,

    

prayer, prayer,

  prayer,

prayer,

 prayer,

  prayer,

fear;



and

fear;

rall.

        

      

 

   



 

 

prayer,

prayer,

 

   

and

prayer,

p

prayer,

prayer,

 

fear;

hear

dim.



prayer, prayer,

prayer, dim.

   

fear;

and



and

 dim.

mp

         

             

 

    

  



p

mp



     


15

B  Solo 

  

 -

  

 -

 

 

ness,

p

Soft

S2

mp

  

Soft

S1

q = 60

(rall.)

44

softly rocking - like a lullaby

 

ness,

A1

Soft

A2

  

mp

 

p

 

-

ness,

-

ness,

ppp

  

 

peace,

peace,



 

 

 

    Mm

peace,

 

 

 

 

 and

 

 

and

peace,

 

 

 and

 

 

 and

Soft - ness, and

Mm

 

 

 

 

Soft - ness and

p

Soft

  

T1

  

Soft - ness and

Mm p

 

Soft - ness and

and

 

 

 

 

B1

 

 

 

B2

 

 

 

 

 

T2

B (rall.)

 p

Pno.

 

 

softly rocking - like a lullaby

q = 60

   mp

 

and

 

 

 

 

p

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 


16

(e = e)

   Solo  

mf sub.

49



joy,

    mp

S1

and





ah

    mp

S2

ah

    mp

A1

and

  

A2

ah

T1

     mp

T2

B1

     ah



   



ff

f

  and



and

  









ah,

and

  



mp





and

 

f

f

love,

love, f

    

mp

  

love,

f

 

 

mf



and

mf



and mf

 

mf

    

bliss,

f

  

love,

    

and

and

love,

mf



love,

   

mf

and



(e = e)

  

   

  

f      

  

 

and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

port.

p

port.

p

bliss,

 

bliss, port.

 

bliss,

 bliss,

 bliss,

mf



and

bliss,

mf



and

bliss,



 

p

 



  mf

 bliss,

mf

mp

and

 

love,

f

(e = e)



f



 

love,

  

and

f

love,





 B2  

Pno.

  

   

ah

mp

(e = e)

   

p

Mm. p

Mm. p

Mm. p

Mm. p

Mm.

   p

 


17

(q. = 60) q = q.

  Solo   54

S1

mf        





S2

   

mf

Ex -

         

al

 -

mf

A1

Ex - al - ted man - na,

A2

T1

T2

   

 



Ex -

al

mf

mf          Ex - al - ted man - na,

    

mf

   Ex -

      

al

 -

(q. = 60) q = q.

mf

              Pno.



  



Ex - al

 

 -

ted,

   



 





 

        

best,

  

 

        

 

the

ness,



 



 

  



 

 



 

  



 

 



 

    

 



 

   

glad

the

-

best,

  

 

glad - ness of

                   mf

the

ted,

Ex - al - ted man - na,

   B2  

      

ted,



  

glad

glad - ness of

mf

B1





  

 

glad - ness of

-

best,

ted,





the

 

       

glad - ness of

Ex - al - ted man - na,

   

 

best,

  

                          

glad

glad

-

-

-

ness,

ness,

ness,

 


18

   58

Solo

S1

S2

 



 



 

 

best,

    Hea - ven,



   

A2

  

T1

T2

B1

B2

best,





 

   

 



 



 



man well drest,

 

     

 

       

 

Hea - ven



Hea - ven

   

man well drest,

      



   

or - di - na - ry,

 

   

Hea - ven,

 

      

Hea - ven

Hea - ven

Hea - ven,

man well drest,

 



     

or - di - na - ry,

        

  

Hea - ven,

best,

      



or - di - na - ry,

             

    

Hea - ven,

Hea -ven in

Hea -ven in

Hea - ven,





   

                  

Hea - ven,

best,

  

  Pno.



 

            Hea -ven in

Hea - ven,

A1

q = 78

Hea - ven

or - di - na - ry,

or - di - na - ry,

or - di - na - ry,

or - di - na - ry,

or - di - na - ry,

man well drest,

man well drest,

man well

man well

man well

drest,

drest,

drest,

q = 78

                         



  

                 

                

     


19

 Solo 

rall.

62

 

S1

mp



The

- ky

 

The

ky

 

-

     



  

T2

 

B1

Way,

the

the

Way,

the

 

mp

     The

mp

    The

B2

   Pno.

   

mp

    

bird

bird

Mil - ky

Mil - ky

Mil - ky

  

         

 

of

Pa - ra -

of

bird



Pa - ra -

  

of

     The

mp

of

Mil

T1

bird

    

-

mp

 

A2

-

the

    



    



Mil

A1

    

mp

mp

 

S2

   

 

 

Pa - ra -

Pa - ra -

 

 

 

 

Way,



 

Way,



 

Way,

         

  

rall.

        

 


20

C

  Solo   66

S1

S2

a

poco

poco

 

 



       

 



q = 52

 

   mp

Church bells

be

   - yond

the

stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

peace.

 

 

 

 

dise;

   

with a sense of wonder...

dise;

A1

dise;

A2

dise;

T1

T2

B1

B2

              

 

Soft - ness

 

Soft - ness

 

Soft - ness

Soft - ness

and

  peace.

 

and

peace.

 

and

peace.

C poco

      Pno.

  

a

   

   

  

with a sense of wonder... q = 52

  

  

 

 

poco

mp

 

   


  Solo  70

21

 

heard,

the

     soul’s blood,

      The land of

spi -

 

  

  

some -thing un - der -

ces,

S1

 

 

S2

 

 

A1

 

 

A2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

     

 

T1

T2

B1

B2

 

  

  

Pno.

 


 Solo   22

74

stood.

S1

S2

p (with S1)



some

-

un

-



p



some

 

A1

A2

p

some

-

un

- thing

T1

T2

B1

 

 

some

-

B2

-

-



- der



un

-

p

- thing

  Pno.

un

- thing

some

p

-

- der -

p

 

  pp  



stood.

- der

stood.

    

stood.

  pp  

   

stood.

 

   

 

  

 

 ���  

stood.

stood.

-

stood.

           

   

un

-

some

-

pp

- thing

  

stood.

-

 

 

 

  

  

  

- der

                                pp

stood.

  

- der

un

  

 

-





 

stood.

  

un

- thing

  

 

pp

-

  

 

-

- der -

pp

stood.

uniti

some

-

- der

pp

 

uniti



- thing

 

-

 

-

un

pp

some

  pp  

stood.

-

- thing

stood.

                   p

some

   

-

uniti

- der

p

p

-

 

- thing

  

uniti

un

p

-

 

stood.

-

stood.

stood.

-

stood.

   

  


 Solo  79

 ppp

S1

 

some

S2

-



un

ppp

 

 

ppp

A1

 

some

A2

-

un

   some

-

un

-

-

-

-

-

- der



un

 



- thing

some

Pno.

 

 B2  

-

- der -

ppp

ppp

B1

 

uniti

-

ppp

T2



uniti

ppp

 

  

-

- der

- thing

T1

 

- thing

-

-

ppp

- thing

- der

                              ppp

rall.

-

stood.

     

some

 

  

 

pppp

some

  

  

pppp

  

 stood.

pppp

some

-

un

 

  



-

-

-

- der -

un

pppp

some

pppp

-

- der



un

-

- der

                

           

stood.

 

uniti morendo stood.

 morendo  stood.

 morendo  stood.

 

 morendo 

 morendo 

 morendo 

 

 morendo 

 

  

-

-

rall.

pppp

 

uniti morendo

 morendo 

-



- thing

- thing

  

-

- der

stood.

-



- thing

  

stood.

-



pppp

stood.

stood.

un

- thing

  

stood.

-



pppp

stood.

    

pppp



 

stood.

stood.

stood.

stood.

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