Philip Ledger: Pie Jesu, from the Requiem
Philip Ledger: Pie Jesu, from the Requiem: A thanksgiving for life. Soprano solo, mixed choir, and organ. Encore
This is not a sugary confection for a solo chorister but a sincere and confident prayer for souls at rest. As in the complete work, a lifetime of working with choirs reveals itself in the skilled use of (in this case) simple devices, such as an ostinato pedal, dotted and smooth rhythms, maintaining the metrical pulse but varying the movement (crotchet, minim or semibreve).