Choral with orchestra
Choral with organ
Ensemble with string orchestra
Vocal with chamber orchestra
Year of composition: 2019
Published by michaelberkeley.co.uk
I have always been particularly attracted to those figures in the gospels who show human frailty and thus draw from Christ sympathy and even empathy. Mary Magdalen is a perfect example and in this new work for the Addison Singers (dedicated to David Wordsworth) I have taken a sequence that illustrates this.
To bring out the tenderness of the washing of the Lordís feet with her tears, I have purloined a lilting melody from my clarinet quintet which was inspired by medieval music. Furthermore I have introduced to the otherwise Latin text a passage in English.
The title is also a reference to a particularly memorable journey I made up the Magdalena River in Colombia in 2018. The music begins and ends with paeans of praise to the King of Kings.