The Holy Room
Sam Batt Owens
This setting of a poem by John Donne, quietly captures the contemplative quality of the text. Sam Batt Owens creates the feeling of mystery and thoughtfulness with modal harmony and long, arching phrases. The vocal writing is graceful and moderate in range and the expression marks imply an interpretation of sensitivity and flexibility, necessary in the changing moods of the text. “The Holy Room” is especially appropriate for All Saints Day as well as Lent.