CANOSSA
Music from Nigel and Helen Williams
 
SAINTS and COMMEMORATIONS
Pieces that fit a particular day

MARY'S WHYS
Music by Helen Williams
Words by Sarah Lutton
For small choir, including children, with organ.
A song imagining Mary's reaction to the Annunciation (25th March).

CALON LAN
Music by John Hughes
Words by Daniel James (Gwyrosydd)
Translated and Arranged by Nigel Williams
For four-part mixed or three-part unmixed choir.
The archetypal Welsh hymn, suitable all year, at weddings and especially on St David's day, 1st March.


MELLITUS' CHALLENGE
music by Helen Williams
text by Nigel Williams, after Bede

SATB with mezzo and tenor soli. Accompaniment optional.
Alludes to the story told by Bede, when St Mellitus (feast, 24th April) advocated acceptance of baptism as preparation for the sacrament of communion.

MY LORD, MY LOVE IS CRUCIFIED
by Helen Williams
Mezzo soprano with organ
Setting a Passiontide hymn-text of Charles Wesley.
Wesley's commemoration is 24th May.

HOW CAN IT BE?
Music by Helen Williams
Words by Nigel Williams

2-part, mostly unison, with piano or organ and optional flute.
Celebrating the Visitation (31st May).
UT QUEANT LAXIS
Music by Guido d'Arezzo
Words by Paul the Deacon
Arranged and translated by Nigel Williams
The eponymous sol-fa tune, for the feast of the birth of John the Baptist 24th June).

LOVE IS THE KEY
Music by Helen Williams
Words by Christina Rossetti
SATB with two-bar bass solo.
The poem '
Song for the least of all saints' alludes to Jesus' post-resurrection appearance to St Peter.
St Peter and St Paul, 29th June
Christina Rossetti 27th April



THUS FAR DID I COME
by Helen Williams
SATB Unaccompanied
A setting of a lyric from John Bunyan's
Pilgrim's Progress, when Christian sees the Holy Cross. Bunyan's commemoration 30th August
ST MARTIN'S VISION
by Helen Williams
For two SATB choirs, with optional percussion.
The Latin text from St Matthew's Gospel, is Jesus' admonition to look after the least of his brothers.
St Martin's Day is 11th November (also his translation, 4th July)


SAFE AND SOUND
Music by Nigel Williams
Words by St Edmund of Abingdon
(feast day 16th November)
For alto and baritone duet with piano or two-part choir with optional soli and organ,
A prayer of thanksgiving for surviving the night and reaching this day.

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