Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer

Ave verum (2009)

SATB a cappella (two pages) 2’20”

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Programme Notes

Ave verum is a short Eucharistic hymn dating from the fourteenth century and believed to be of papal provenance.  Set by many composers from  Josquin, Lassus, Byrd, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Fauré, Elgar to Poulenc.  This is the second version by Ronald Corp and dates from 2009.

The complete hymn is as follows:

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.
[Oh dear Jesus, Oh merciful Jesus, Oh Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.]

Composers often omit the final two lines or simply round off with the ‘Amen’.  The second setting by Ronald Corp (the first is from 2001) does the former. The Tudor modal tradition adopted by Vaughan Williams is overlaid by a seemless alternation of lyrical arpeggiated movement with sinuous, immaculately crafted linear progressions.

© David M. Hoyle, Geoffrey Alvarez 2011-2015

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