This is the second piece in the Beatitudes collection. The key of C Major and the relatively straightforward choral writing belie a work of deep meaning and intensity. There is real pathos here and choirs must sense the importance of the syncopations and the falling piano figurations: these are designed to create the effect of weeping – even sobbing. It is Patrick’s hope that this piece will be performed at funerals and memorial services and will indeed help to ‘comfort those who mourn’.
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“Beatitudes [has a] calm, serene beauty and simplicity… Creative and compelling..” GRAMOPHONE
“…capture[s] a mood of enchantment, optimism, and serenity. Beatitudes [has] character and tenderness.” CHURCH TIMES