Ubi Caritas (Folse)

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Stuart Folse

Stuart Folse

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The title translates from the Latin as Where charity is.

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 9:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Ubi Caritas is my reaction to the increasing Christian militancy I observe in our post-9/11 society. By combining four distinct elements, the work calls for calm, and for us to truly act out the role of "Christian Nation" that many champion.

One element is the sonic experience during a trip to Istanbul, Turkey in May of 2011. In particularly, I was struck by the early morning call to prayer of the multiple mosques near my hotel in the Sultanahmet District of the city.

This work is dedicated to my father who died on May 9, 2018. A characteristic harmony derived from this date is another element used in the work. I believe he would strongly agree with the intent of this work.

Another element is the Gregorian chant of the same name used in the Roman Catholic church during my youth as an antiphon for the foot-washing portion of the Holy Thursday service. The original chant is repetitious in nature but features two distinct lines of music. My use of the chant focuses on the text, "Ubi Caritas et amor, Deus ibi est." and "Et ex corde diligamus nos sincere." Which can be translated as: Where charity and love are, God is there. And may be love each other with a sincere heart."

The English hymn Onward Christian Soldiers is the final element used in the work. Here, I use the hymn's title literally, like many in our post-9/11 society do, rather than its original 19th-century metaphorical connotations.

- Program Note by composer

Ubi Cartitas [sic] is taken from the antiphons sung during the ceremony of the Washing of the Feet at the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. As is the entire Mass of the Last Supper, this hymn is intimately connected with the Eucharist, and is thus often used during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Recent tradition has the first line as "Ubi caritas et amor" (where charity and love are), but certain very early manuscripts show "Ubi caritas est vera" (where charity is true). The current Roman Missal favors this later version, while the 1962 Roman Missal and classical music favors the former.

- Program Note from Treasury of Latin Prayers


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  • Roosevelt University (Chicago, Ill.) CCPA Wind Ensemble (Stephen Squires, conductor) - 16 February 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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