Commissioned by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and first sung in Clare College chapel in March 2012, this new setting of the canticles is Swayne’s first in English, using the King James version of the text.
The second book of Swayne’s Bagatelles, composed in July 2011, was first performed by the composer at the Tout-petit festival de Musique, St. Germain de Calberte, in the Cévennes region of France. The publication of Book 1 has been delayed because several of the pieces were not completed until recently; it will appear in autumn 2012.
First performed in Helsinki on March 19th 2011 by the Helsinki Chamber Choir conducted by Tim Brown, who commissioned it. A recording of this performance can be found on YouTube. The words are taken from Runo 41 of The Kalevala, and are set in Finnish.
Three short and sweet pieces: the first delicate and almost minimalist, the second flashy and full of contrast, and the third a contribution to Bach’s Orgelbüchlein – a version of one of the chorales he listed but never set.