Meditation : for keyboard with optional guitar
by Stephen Holgate (1999, this version: 1998)
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Meditation is a short repetitive chant employing several text options - Shalom; Maranatha; Jesus; Lord have mercy; or Domine Deus. The chant can be used to gather participants for meditation and will help integrate mind, heart and body. The book arrangement is for keyboard, optional guitar and melody. The recording on the CD is a fully arranged instrumental work and can be used for listening or as a backing track for chant.
Meditation is one of eleven hymns composed for the Tower of the Spirit - a book and recording project published in 1999 (ISBN 0 9577534 0 3) with support from the Australia Council. The lyrics for the songs adapt texts from the Christian mystical tradition including writings from William Johnston, Matthew Fox, Bede Griffiths, John Henry Newman, scripture and 4-5th century monk John Cassian. Cistercian monk, Fr. Michael Casey, remarks, "These are classical texts from the Christian tradition suitable for 'rumination'. Each time we return to them we find new sources of inspiration. This is food for the mature Christian".
The songs employ a contemporary style accessible to schools, congregations, choirs and groups, yet aim to convey a certain sense pf mystery and awe. They may be sung within the context of Christian liturgy and worship or to highlight key mysteries in the life of Christ. The fully arranged CD recordings can be simply listened to for pleasure and aim to support the Christian spiritual life.
Year: 1999, this version: 1998
Instrumentation: Keyboard with optional guitar melody line.
Duration: 4 min.
Commission note: Meditation is one of eleven hymns composed for the Tower of the Spirit – a book and recording project published in 1999 (ISBN 0 9577534 0 3) with support from the Australia Council.
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
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