This composition is a setting of the second verse of the beautiful Maundy Thursday text, Ubi Caritas. The works character and melodic structure is strongly based on chant and, as a result, requires a sensitive approach to subtle tempo changes, text and phrasing. Well-balanced sections are essential. After several climatic sections, the piece ends very simply and poignantly with a request for peace and understanding. Level: moderately difficult.
Ubi caritas et amor,
Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
Cessent jurgia maligna,
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where there is charity and love,
God is there.
Likewise, therefore, when we come together,
let us be united as one.
Let us be careful, lest we be divided in intention.
Let us cease all quarrels and strife.
Where there is charity and love, God is there.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
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