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The Quest

Instrumental; SATB with divisions; Accompanied

This poignant anthem was written in memory of the Revd Dr John Hughes (1978-2014), Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge. The text combines the nineteenth-century poet and Christian minister George MacDonald’s emotive poem Lost and Found with the ‘In paradisum’ antiphon from the Burial Service in the Liber Usualis. The music is at times ethereal, melancholic, poignant, and life-affirming. The solo oboe and organ writing combine with word-painting and angelic choral moments to encourage reflection on the subject at hand.

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Duration: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Published: 12 November 2015
ISBN: 9780193413429

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