Tower of the spirit : voice with accompaniment
by Stephen Holgate (1999, this version: 1998)
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Tower of the Spirit adapts texts from the Conferences of John Cassian (360-435) - kindly translated by Fr Michael Casey. In Conferences 9 and 10, drawing on the wisdom of the Egyptian desert monks, Cassian teaches perfection of the heart through the illustration of a builder constructing a tower. He advocates the constant use of a 'formula' or mantra in order to achieve Jesus' poverty of spirit and St Paul's injunction to 'pray always'. The booklet includes an arrangement for keyboard, optional guitar, melody and double independent vocal harmony lines.
Tower of the Spirit 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; vocal melody line; additional melody harmony line.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Challenging double harmony lines.
- In the form/style of: Hymns
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