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Francis Grier writes: The idea for writing this Sequence came to me when I attended a sequence recorded for the BBC by the Third Eton Choral Course in the summer of 1989. I devised a sequence for Ascension-tide in which the different choral forms and solo organ pieces give it musical variety within the intrinsic unity of a single composers work.
The Provost and Fellows of Eton College commissioned it for part of the celebrations marking Etons 550th anniversary; it was first performed on 18th May 1990 and subsequently broadcast by the BBC on 26th May.
Francis Grier was educated as a chorister at St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle, as a music scholar at Eton College, and as organ scholar at Kings College, Cambridge. On leaving Cambridge, he became assistant organist to Simon Preston at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and succeeded him as Organist and Tutor of Music in 1981, at the age of 25.
In 1985 he resigned his appointments in order to explore options that are unavailable to full-time musicians: he studied music, meditation and theology in India, and then worked with mentally-handicapped persons in London and Bangalore. Since 1989 he has been based in England again, and now composes and performs, as well as working in the area of mental health.
|1||07:05||Introit: Rejoice, thou Mother of Christ our God|
|2||01:23||Prayer: The Lord ascended into heaven|
|3||03:00||Organ solo: Christ, in his glory at God’s right hand|
|4||02:52||Old Testament Reading: King’s II, 2: 1-12|
|5||05:47||Psalm 113 with Antiphon|
|6||01:55||Responsory: I am ascending to my Father|
|7||02:12||New Testament Reading: Acts 1: 1-11|
|8||01:07||Prayer: O Christ, you ascended in glory|
|9||01:23||Responsory: God ascends with shouts of joy|
|10||05:18||Carol: The Lord goes up with shouts of joy|
|11||09:05||Magnificat and Antiphon|
|12||01:09||New Testament Reading: Ephesians 1: 17-23|
|13||06:53||Motet: Now the Son of Man has been glorified|
|14||01:44||Blessing: The angels were seen by the Apostles|
|15||12:09||Prayers: O the strangest of wonders; O you who are the Mother of God|
|16||02:10||Recessional: Rejoice, thou Mother of Christ our God|