Colin Eatock’s Benedictus es: Alleluia

Much like other composers who have written Alleluias, Colin Eatock conceived of this piece as a kind of choral vocalise, and he has used the word as a vehicle to indulge his penchant for tonally fluid chromatics. However, unlike some other modern Alleluia composers, he also includes an incipit, “Benedictus es.” The source for this phrase is the Book of Daniel (3:52). Colin found it in an Alleluia setting by the Renaissance composer Heinrich Isaac.

Here’s a splendid performance of Colin Eatock’s Benedictus es: Alleluia. The recording will be included in his forthcoming CD, Colin Eatock: Choral and Orchestral Music, to be released in the spring of 2023 on the Centrediscs label.

Performed by Soundstreams’ Choir 21; Cory Knight, tenor soloist; David Fallis, conductor.