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Programme Notes

This has perhaps the most unusual text of the Four American Choruses. Sankey’s hymn book explains that the fountain concerned was originally a central display at the Chicago Industrial Exhibition, which became a frequent meeting place for social gatherings. The author of the text chose to reinterpret the then frequently-heard phrase ‘Will you meet me at the fountain?’ in a more spiritual light. I have followed the author’s lead, setting the words in a more intimate style than the preceding choruses. Towards the middle, the music takes on elements of a blues, with the chorus functioning increasingly as a close harmony backing-group to more florid solo lines and this remains a prominent feature to the end of the work.

At the Fountain

Temple Church (London, United Kingdom)

Marcello Palazzo, Durham University Chamber Choir

At the Fountain

St Margaret's, Crossgate (Durham, United Kingdom)

Durham University Chamber Choir, Marcello Palazzo

At the Fountain

Gonville and Caius College (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber

At the Fountain

Gonville and Caius College (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber

At the Fountain

Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, United Kingdom)

Guildhall School of Music students, James Weeks