Ubi Caritas is a beautiful text that expresses charity, love, and understanding, so much needed in today's frantic life. The music is particularly suited for this text. A tuneful melody is passed throughout the four voices with a straightforward harmonization. Tensions are created by the extensive use of suspensions and added notes such as sevenths and ninths to the pure major minor triads. The piece begins with a tranquil mood. The composition slowly builds to the high point where the text Ubi Caritas is repeated. The initial atmosphere is reestablished in the last section. The composition was commissioned by my publisher Robert Schuneman for The Stanford Chamber Chorale.
2007 Ubi Caritas