A tear James Weeks

A tear cover
Text/libretto by
Anonymous 14th century English poem, modernised
9 mins

Choir, accompanied Choir and Organ

1 Mixed Chorus, 1 Organ

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mixed voices choir and organ

Programme note

A tear is a piece about love and grief. The text is the first stanza of a fourteenth-century English poem on the crucifixion. The original reads:

Lovely ter of lovely eiye,
Why dostu me so wo?
Sorful ter of sorful eiye,
Thu brekst mine herte ato.

The music follows a clear structure: the poem is sung four times to the same melody, each time with different numbers of singers and in a slightly different way. In between these verses are organ ‘toccatas’. These toccatas are not embellishments or commentaries on the choral verses so much as spaces for reflection.

A tear was commissioned by The Organ Project, Union Chapel.

Eclectic Voices, James McVinnie (organ), Scott Stroman, director), Union Chapel, London, 18th April 2014
  • 8 Apr 2017 |

    Holy Cross Priory, Leicester


    Leicestershire Chorale/Tom Williams

  • 2 Apr 2016 | 8:00pm |

    St John’s, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA


    EXAUDI, James McVinnie (organ), cond. James Weeks

  • 18 Apr 2014 | 5:00pm |

    Union Chapel, London


    Eclectic Voices cond. Scott Stroman