Ola Gjeilo: Second Eve

Who better to tell us about Second Eve than the composer himself?

In some of my pieces, the text is somewhat more the servant of the music than the other way around, and Second Eve is one of those works. The music is mainly inspired by a breath-taking photography taken by one of my favorite photographers, Jake Rajs, featured in the book These United States (Rizzoli). It is a picture of Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in the US, and I was looking at this photo throughout the writing process, making sure that the energy and atmosphere of the music corresponded with the feeling I got from looking at the picture.

The Sancta Maria text seemed to kind of fit into what I was looking for in this piece, expressing something mystical, and kind of regal, which Mt. McKinley is in every way.

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It’s a lovely piece and as a major bonus from my point of view it’s sung by VOCES8 my favourite British a capella choir. Enjoy :-).


Ola Gjeilo: Second Eve

Sancta Maria, Regina caeli,
dulcis et pia, o mater Dei:
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
ut cum electis videamus.

Holy Mary, Queen of heaven,
gentle and holy, mother of God:
pray for us sinners,
that with the chosen we may see you.

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum:
benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui,
Iesus Christus.


Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you:
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Jesus Christ.



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