In the beginning was the Word
The first fourteen verses of St John's Gospel make up one of the most iconic texts in the Christian canon, and in accepting Dr Fisher's commission to set these words, so well-known and well-loved, I was conscious that to do appropriate justice to them in music was a particular challenge.
The piece is broadly in three sections. Emerging from a deep (primeval?) pedal, the unison chanting of the choir's first phrases is coloured by chords to pick out significant words, 'God' being