The textual origins of Judas mercator pessimus lie in the Responsories of the Maundy Thursday tenebrae service. The text has only been set a handful of times. Judas Mercator Pessimus . A setting from the Tenebrae Responsories for Maunday Thursday, No. 5. 5′. Vocal Ensemble, AATTBarB. Owain Park's Judas Mercator Pessimus is a work for SSAATTBB Choir with Semichorus Unaccompanied. The work was composed for Stephen Layton and The.
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All the while, there are interjections from the semichorus, again fixed down a semitone. After this a swift build up climaxes at bar 37, with the semitonal theme exploited in the upper judas mercator pessimus moving in four parts, whilst the sextuplet waves and jagged rhythms appear in the tenors and basses.
It is perhaps the most intense and, in every sense, challenging choral piece so far written by Owain Park.