Caritas et Amor

Charity and Love
Composed by Z. Randall Stroope
Voicing: SSATB a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0500
Price: $2.10

About the work
“Caritas et Amor” (“Charity and Love”) makes frequent brief references to the opening (and well‐known) theme of the tenth‐century antiphon, Ubi Caritas, and then builds sonic reflections to that theme using new material, albeit in a “chant style.” In this manner, it fundamentally differs from the Duruflé “Ubi Caritas” in which the original chant forms the majority, if not all, of the thematic material for the work. The composer, Z. Randall Stroope, also incorporates the line “Gaudium quod immensum est!” (“joy that is immense!”) which serves as a joyful and sonorous “refrain” to the sense of compassion and promise inherent in the opening Ubi Caritas text (“Where there is charity and love, God is there”).

ABOUT the composer

Z. Randall Stroope
is an American composer and conductor www.zrstroope.com. His compositions are frequently heard on internet media, television broadcasts, and NPR radio, as well as on programs of esteemed ensembles throughout the world. Randall has composed over 150 works, having studied with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood ‐ both students of the famous French teacher, Nadia Boulanger. He is the Artistic Director of two summer music festivals in Europe, has conducted at Carnegie Hall (New York) every year since 2001, and is a university professor. (See www.zrstroope.com for a complete biography and list of works.)

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Recorded by Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir
Dr. Stephen Town, conductor

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