The a cappella choral work Triodion was composed in 1998 as a commission for the Lancing College in West Sussex. Twenty one years after finishing Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten the paths of the two composers, who never met in person, symbolically crossed again. Benjamin Britten had written a Christmas cantata, Saint Nicolas, for the 100th anniversary of the college in 1948, whereas Triodion was composed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lancing College. As Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of the College, Pärt selected three prayers in English from the Orthodox Prayer Book – to Jesus Christ, to the Mother of God, and to Saint Nicholas.
The musical form of the piece follows the structure of the text: three parts prece…
Choir of Lancing College , Neil Cox (conductor)
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