Charity and Love

The early plainchant “Ubi Caritas” in a rich, meditative setting. Level: Medium.
For SATB, alto solo, organ, flute, clarinet, opt. handbells; OR SATB, alto solo and chamber orchestra.


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This rich setting of the plainchant “Ubi Caritas” is available here in its original version for SATB (with optional alto solo) and chamber orchestra, but is also available for lesser forces. The English translation is by Richard Proulx. Duration: 4’45”
SATB with opt. alto solo, organ, flute, clarinet, opt. handbells (bells maybe played by singers);
OR SATB with opt. alto solo and chamber orchestra.

Listen to “Charity and Love”

(Kjos Music promo recording)


Composer’s Notes

This is one of three pieces I was asked to arrange for the Pax Christi Award Ceremony at St. John’s University in 1994. The recipient of the award was Amy Grant, and she sang this after accepting the award. The text is based on the plainchant “Ubi Caritas.” Both the orchestral version and the reduced octavo version are available from Kjos Music. The orchestration was listed incorrectly on the back of the Kjos octavo and in their catalog. The correct instrumentation is 2 flutes, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets (B-flat), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, percussion (1 or 2 players), harp and strings.