The sixteen pieces of Officium Divinum are made up of four choral pieces with organ, two a cappella pieces and ten choral pieces with organ and instrumental accompaniment. They follow the journey of Daily Prayer from awakening at the break of the day to the eyelids closing at the end of the day. Margaret says: "Chants are so easy to perform and also lovely to sing and to work at. Through the repetitions, a chant starts in the head with all its thinking and begins the long journey into the heart. There one begins to be open to the beauty of prayer, and drawn into deeper levels of reflection and stillness. Singing chants is a wonderful way to share, as we come to pray together." The music has also been recorded by Convivium Singers, conducted by Eamonn Dougan, and is available as a CD.
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Margaret Rizza is a remarkable figure. Now in her 80's, she began composing in her 60's and has risen to become a major personality in the world of Christian choral music.
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