Tribute to Caesar was composed with another a cappella choir piece, The Woman with the Alabaster Box for the 350th anniversary of the Karlstad Episcopacy in Sweden. Both works were premiered by the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble in Karlstad Dome in October 1997.
Although separate works, they have some common features. Tribute to Caesar also presents a scene from the Gospel of Matthew, where the Pharisees question Jesus about the tribute. Jesus’ words have also been given here to the bass voices, the speech of the Pharisees is sung by all the voices together. Both pieces were composed for an English text. Because of the multitude of the monosyllabic words in English, according to the rules of the tintinnabuli method the melodic lines m…
Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
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