for SSATB and organ This attractive and uplifting anthem sets the text of the Eastertide Vidi aquam antiphon. Different parts of the text are treated to contrasting musical ideas, including extended melismatic upper-voice passages and mainly homophonic full-choir sections, and the undulating organ part represents the flowing water of the text. A welcome addition to a service or concert programme for all fans of Gabriel Jackson's music. Commissioned by the Friends of Lincoln Cathedral for their 75th anniversary and first performed by the Choir of Lincoln Cathedral with Charles Harrison (organ), directed by Aric Prentice, on 25 June 2011.
Gabriel Jackson (b.1962)
"Vidi aquam has a marvellously refulgent (organ) flute solo. Jackson is a rare composer whose invention lifts the normal bar of word-painting commandeered by church music. With no accidentals until page 9 (and then only for a sumptuously fleeting eight bars), his pellucid C major feels like pure spring-water. Would that more composers would drink of this particular well." - Rupert Jeffcoat, Choir & Organ, November 2013