From The American Organist, November 2017

Life and Light, Maxine Thevenot
SATB a cappella, Paraclete Press, PPM01653, $1.20


Maxine Thevenot (Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico) creates in this mystical setting of John 1: 4-5 a unique soundscape with spare and harmonious gestures. Sopranos and altos echo each other while tenors sing the melody, the basses supporting them in three-part divisi. Written with two inner repeats, the motet could be sung for as log as one chooses before continuing to the ravishing coda, making this very useful for contemplative worship. Recommended for choirs with very good intonation and confidence.