||||The Canticle of the Sun

The Canticle of the Sun

Narrator, SATB chorus, Synthesized accompaniment (CD) or Keyboard

A dramatic cantata in which the narrator sets forth, in English, events from the life of St. Francis, and the chorus sings, in Italian, the sections of his famous poem. Commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Groton School. St. Francis of Assisi’s poetry praises the creation of the sun, moon, earth, wind, water, fire. Very appealing synthesized accompaniment, excellent historical/performance notes. (Italian text in Umbrian dialect.)

The Outermost House CD cover The Outermost House: The late Robert Lurtsema narrates these colorful, melodic works. Includes Robert Perera’s The Outermost House performed by Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, conductor, Nancy Armstrong, soprano, Robert J. Lurtsema, narrator and The Canticle of the Sun performed by Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, conductor, Robert J. Lurtsema, narratorand .

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Albany Records


  1. Processional
  2. Reading No. 1
  3. Chorus, “Altissimu omnipotente bon signore”
  4. Reading No. 2
  5. Chorus, “Laudatu sie, mi signore”
  6. Reading No. 3
  7. Chorus, “Laudato si’, mi signore, per quelli che perdonano”
  8. Reading No. 4
  9. Chorus, “Laudato si’, mi signore, per sora nostra morte corporale”
  10. Reading No. 5
  11. Hymn, “Laudate et benedicite mi signore”
  12. Recessional
Composed: 1984
Text by: St. Francis of Assisi
Duration: 21:00
Publisher: E. C. Schirmer Music Company
Catalog Number(s): Complete Choral Score, 4280
Electronic Media, 4280A

Mvt. 5 Laudato sie, mi signore available separately:
Choral Score, 4084
Electronic Media, 4084A
The Canticle of the Sun


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Perera’s ability to set text to memorable music is very much in evidence but, perhaps influenced by both his principal text being in Latin as well as his chosen accompaniment, there is a feeling of pastiche, albeit one of very high quality, that comes into play. There is, if you will, a Monteverdi-meets-Philip Glass sensibility about a lot of the music. Still, there are beautiful moments, such as the entire ninth movement, set for unaccompanied choir.

John Story, Fanfare Magazine, May/June 1999 (review of Albany Troy CD 314)