Three Short Anthems

Jesu! Dulcis Memoria / Prayer for a New Mother / The Birds

Richard Shephard

Text Author: Dorothy Parker , Hilaire Belloc

Music © 1979 The Royal School of Church Music. Words: 2. Reprinted by permission of Laurence Pollinger, Ltd. 3. Reprinted by permission of A. D. Peters & Co. Ltd.

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Vocal Forces: Unison, SATB

Accompaniment: Organ, Reduction

Text Source: 1. ca. 12th c., tr. J. M. Neale, E. Caswall and R. Palmer; 2. Dorothy Parker; 3. Hilaire Belloc

Series: RSCM

Difficulty Level: E


This miniature collection of modern masterpieces is well worth a place in every serious church musician’s choral library:
“Jesu! Dulcis Memoria” is a luscious anthem for SATB voices and treble solo alternating between sections a cappella and with organ. Excellent intonation required to wed these exquisite verses.
“Prayer for a New Mother” with text by the inimitable American author and sparkling wit Dorothy Parker is for unison voices, or would make an equally provocative and stunning art song for a solo voice.
“The Birds” with words by the prolific Anglo-French master Hilaire Belloc is worthy of impeccable performance of the highest rank: “When Jesus Christ was four years old, The angels brought him toys of gold…”

This set is a pure jewel to be enjoyed and performed in a variety of creative liturgical and concert settings.

Categories: Choral/Vocal, Royal School

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: All Souls, Mary, Mother of God, Holy Family

Topical: Jesus Christ, Marian

Style: Traditional

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English; Latin

Format: Octavo