In terra pax

Oratorio brève pour soprano, alto, ténor, baryton et basse solos, deux choirs mixtes et orchestre
(Short oratorio on biblical texts)

Year of composition

1944

Duration

43'

Scored for

5 soloists (SATBarB), 2 mixed choirs, girls’ choir and orchestra: 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp. - perc.(5) - cel. - piano(2) - strings
1. Lorsque l’Agneau; Mon Dieu; Malheur au peuple; Éternel, Dieu de mon salut
2. Sentinelle; Mais les ténèbres; Consolez, consolez
3. Voici mon serviteur; Heureux les affligés; Notre Père
4. Puis je vis un nouveau ciel

From this: Notre Père (1973): simplified version of the ‘Our Father’ for choir unisono and piano/organ (English and French)

Publication information

Universal Edition: available in full score, study score, piano reduction, choral score (German/French) and choral score (English/Italian) (UE15039)

Premiere

World premiere: Geneva, 7 May 1945 (broadcast), 31 May 1945 (publication): Mad. Dubois, Nelly Grétillat, Ernst Haefliger, Paul Sandoz, Fernando Corena; Ernest Ansermet, conductor

Recordings (selective list)

  • Ursula Buckel, soprano; Marga Höffgen, alto; Ernst Haefliger, tenor; Pierre Mollet, baritone; Jakob Stämpfli, bass
    Union Chorale / Choeur des Dames de Lausanne (Robert Mermoud, chef de choeur)
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Ernest Ansermet, conductor
    DECCA PY 925 ℗ 1963 + © 2005 (FMS074)

  • Christine Buffle, soprano; Iris Vermillion, alto; Daniel Galvez-Vallejo, tenor; Philippe Rouillon, baritone; Christophe Fel, bass
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Münchner Rundfunkorchester
    Marcello Viotti, conductor
    Hänssler PH04037 ℗ 2000 + © 2005 (FMS076)

  • Judith Howarth, soprano; Della Jones, alto; Martyn Hill, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Stephen Roberts, bass
    Brighton Festival Chorus
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Matthias Bamert, conductor
    CHANDOS CHAN 9465 ℗ + © 1996 (FMS144)

  • Gisela Jurgens, soprano; Marion Meyerolbersleben, alto; Henner Leythe, tenor; Ralf Döring, baritone; Werner Maxin, bass
    Bach Chor/Bach Orchester Wiesbaden
    Klaus Uwe Ludwig, conductor
    MELISMA: Opus 27032 ℗ 1988 (FMS078)

  • Naoko Okada, soprano; Brigitte Balleys, alto; Reinaldo Macias, tenor; Philippe Huttenlocher, baritone; Michel Brodard, bass
    Choir and orchestre of the Gulbankian Foundation
    Michel Corboz, conductor
    CASCAVELLE VEL 1014 ℗ + © 1991 (FMS159)

  • Verena Schweizer, soprano; Elisabeth Graf, alto; Markus Schäfer, tenor; Rudolf Hillebrand, baritone; Nikolaus Hillebrand, bass
    Ludger Lohmann, organ
    Domkantorei Altenberg / Kölner Kantorei
    Basel Sinfonietta
    Volkert Hempfling, conductor
    URSINA MOTETTE CD 40141 ℗ 1993 (FMS160)

  • Notre Père
    East Carolina University Chamber Singers
    Andrew Scanlon, organ
    James Franklin, conductor
    GOTHIC ℗ + © 2021

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