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Multiplicity: The Music of Andrew Gilpin
Multiplicity: The Music of Andrew Gilpin

Andrew Gilpin - Piano
The Wayne Gilpin SINGERS
Wayne Gilpin - Conductor
Wendy Humphreys - Soprano
Leslie Allt - Flute
Peter Telford - Acoustic Bass
Evan Ritchie - Drums

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(All pieces written by Andrew Gilpin unless otherwise noted. Programme notes by Andrew Gilpin.)

Sonata for Flute and Piano
1 - Movement I     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
A fellow musician once referred to this Sonata as "happy music," and I can think of no better description. The rollicking melody in this movement subsides to a gentler middle section, only to reappear again at the end.

2 - Movement II     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
This slow, haunting melody provides a contrast to the final movement; it's the calm before the storm.

3 - Movement III     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
In this grand finale, the flute soars over rippling flurries of notes in the piano. I always smile when I listen to this one, and then wince when I remember how hard it is to play!

4 - Kaity     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
Named after Peter's daughter Kaitlan (who was only 2 years old at the time!), Kaity was the first jazz tune I wrote. A thoughtful intro gives way to a fun Latin feel; I especially like Peter's solo on this track.

5 - The Cremation of Sam McGee     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
(Lyrics by Robert Service)
Written in 1998, this was my first setting of a Robert Service poem. By turns dramatic, humorous, and fantastic, Cremation was great fun to transform into a song.

6 - Duo for Flute and Piano     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
This piece begins with a slow, minor melody, reminiscent perhaps of Satie. It soons moves to a gentle tango feel, and from there to a high-energy, cheerful finish. The highlight of the Duo (for me, at least!) is near the end, when the flute and piano play the same melody one beat apart!

7 - Alleluia     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
(from a piece by Randall Thompson)
Randall Thompson's Alleluia was originally written for unaccompanied chorus, the notes sung entirely to a single word: alleluia. I found that the piece works particularly well for jazz piano trio, losing none of its spirituality in the process.


Gloria is my setting of a portion of the traditional Christian mass. With the use of appealing melodies and contemporary rhythms, I attempted to bring a fresh approach to age-old words. The first movement, Gloria, joyfully praises God, the melody constantly passing from one voice part to another. Movement 2, Et In Terra Pax, is a gently rocking piece featuring guest soprano Wendy Humphreys. In Laudamus Te, Part 3, I switched to a challenging 7/4 time signature, keeping everyone on their toes! Gratias Agimus Tibi truly gives the choir a chance to shine, especially in the rich a cappella section. Movement 5, Miserere Nobis, is perhaps my favourite section of the whole Gloria, and is certainly the most dramatic. It begins with a Gregorian chant-influenced soprano solo, then moves to a driving main section which propels the piece to its stunning conclusion. Part 6, Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus, is characterized by soaring choral lines with a flowing piano accompaniment. And finally, Tu Solus Altissimus starts out with a Baroque-flavoured soprano solo, then brings in the choir to restate the original melody from Part 1.

8 - I. Gloria     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
LYRICS: Gloria in excelsis Deo;

(translation) Glory be to God in the highest,

9 - II. Et In Terra Pax     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

and on earth peace to men of good will.

10 - III. Laudamus Te     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
Laudamus te; benedicimus te; adoramus te; glorificamus te.

We praise thee; we bless thee; we adore thee; we glorify thee.

11 - IV. Gratias Agimus Tibi     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.

We give thee thanks for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly king, God the Father Almighty.

12 - V. Miserere Nobis     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
Domine Fili unigenite Jesu Christe; Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram; qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.

O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten son; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; thou who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayers: thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

13 - VI. Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
Quoniam tu solus sanctus: tu solus Dominus:

For only thou art holy: thou only art the Lord:

14 - VII. Tu Solus Altissimus     Stream MP3   Download MP3   Real   WMA
tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris. Amen

thou only art most high, O Jesus Christ, with the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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