…the precious pearl…

…the precious pearl… 2009

SATB chorus (4′)

Text: Elizabeth de Burgh, ‘Lady of Clare’ (1295–1360) Praefatio Dominae Fundatricis (Preamble to the Statutes of the Foundress), 1359

Commissioned by Music in the Fitzwilliam and George Law for the University of Cambridge’s 2009 Alumni Weekend, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the University. Its title is taken from the translation of Elizabeth de Burgh’s 1359 Praefatio Dominae Fundatricis (Preamble to the Statutes to the Foundress), written the year before she died for the then-called Clare Hall (now Clare College, Cambridge):

First performance: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, 27.09.2009

Alumni of the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge | Graham Ross conductor