This piece was composed in 2013, when we celebrated the 850th anniversary of the cathedral. It is dedicated to my great friend Lionel Sow who conducted the cathedral’s choir from 2006 to 2014, an extraordinary musician with whom it was for me such a pleasure to work daily.
It is of course inspired by the famous gregorian sequence of the feast of Pentecost, but the gregorian
quotes appear only in solo organ interventions, as a distant echo. It is only in the final Amen that the voices sing the theme.
By some strange coincidence, it was during the week before Pentecost Sunday 2013 that I composed this piece. For the believer that I am, how could I not see it as a sign…
chœur mixte et orgue