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CHORAL MUSIC

a cappella

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CHORAL MUSIC: a cappella
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Amen (2009) 1

Commissioned by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director

SSAATBB

Amissus / The Lost One (1999) 5

(for general use)
Commissioned and Premiered (16 May 1999) by Trinity Episcopal Choir, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne Petersen, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SSATB

Arcanae / Mysterious Ones (1995) 11

Commissioned and Premiered (24 February 1996) by Ensemble Project Ars Nova, at First Church in Cambridge
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

  1. Seraphim PDF
  2. Michael PDF
  3. Lucis angeli PDF
  4. Text for Arcanae PDF

Male and Female Voices

Awakening (2013) 2

Commissioned by Cristi Catt in memory of her grandmothers, Emily Faye Catt and Ethelyn Jean Falwell.

SSAA

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Beauty Flew to Me (Set to Psalm 91) (2016) 3.15

Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATTBB

Score
Benediction, Choral Response (2002) 1 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (Fall 2002) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Romans 8:38-39, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

SSAATB

Score
Birds of the Psalms (2016) (2016) 30

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial release 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Direcor, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) and Patricia Van Ness (Movement X)
From Music for the Psalms

  1. Psalm 91, You are My Refuge and My Stronghold PDF
  2. Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove PDF
  3. Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye PDF
  4. Psalm 104, Birds of the Air PDF
  5. Psalm 57 In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You PDF
  6. Psalm 63, I Seek You PDF
  7. Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds PDF
  8. Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever PDF
  9. Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love PDF
  10. Beauty Flew to Me (Reprise of Psalm 91) PDF

Full Chorus except II. SSAA; V. TTABB; VIII. SSAA

Score
Birds of the Psalms (2016) (Full Score) (2016) 30

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial release 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Direcor, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) and Patricia Van Ness (Movement X)
From Music for the Psalms

Full Chorus except II. SSAA; V. TTABB; VIII. SSAA

Score
Caritas (2005) 6.5 min MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (30 September 2006) by Mannerquartett Schnittpunktvokal (Austria)
Festival Niedersachsische Musiktage, Hannover, Germany
Text: I Corinthians 13 Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

CtTTB

Score
Cor mei cordis / Heart of my Heart (1994) 15 MP3

Premiered (5 October 1996) by Schola Cantorum of Boston; Fred Jodry, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

  1. I. Fleo
  2. II. Tu es mea infans
  3. III. Cor mei cordis
  4. IV. Una nos ambulabimus in silva
  5. V. Tu es mea infans
  6. Amen (from Five Meditations, 1993)

SSATBB (Movement III TBB only)

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Cor meum est templum sacrum / My Heart is a Holy Place (2001) 4 min (2001) 4 min MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (20 January 2001) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SSATB

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Divine Love (Set to Psalm 31) (2015)

Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text by Patricia Van Ness

SSATB

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Ego sum Custos Angela (1995) 3 min

Commissioned and Premiered (21 October 1995) by Laurie Monahan, St. Martins Episcopal, Providence, RI
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

Solo Soprano

Epiphany (1996) 3.30 MP3

(for Epiphany)
Commissioned and Premiered (6 January 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

SSAA

Score
Et factum est (2001) 4

Commissioned and Premiered (7 January 2001) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
For the installation of the Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti as Senior Minister of First Church in Cambridge
Text: Mark 1:9 Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

Solo Soprano (optional) and SSAB

Score
Grace (1999) 5 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (4 April 1999) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

SSSATBB & Optional Organ, Trumpet or Cello

Score
In oculis Dei (1996) 4 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (6 October 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SSAATB

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In principio / In the Beginning (2002) 6 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (30 March 2003) by Youth pro Musica, St. Cecilia’s Church, Boston, MA
Hazel Somerville, Director
Text: Genesis 1, Psalm 148 and Psalm 91, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

SSA

Score
In the Very Air I Breathe (2006) 3 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (10 December 2006) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)
From Three Maine Hymns

SSAATB

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Into Winter’s Glimm’ring Night (2012) 4 MP3

Commissioned by The Memorial Church at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
for the 102nd Annual Christmas Carol Service
and the Harvard University Choir, Edward Elwyn Jones, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

SSAATTB

Score
Jesus, Redeemer of the World (2014-5) 7 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered by Beneficia lucis, James Busby, Director
Night Song, Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director
Premiered at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (US) on 2 May 2014
Chant by Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director, Night Song
Polyphony by Patricia Van Ness

SATB or TTBB

Score
Joy Flows Down Like Radiant Moon (2006) 2.5 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (18 October 2006) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)
From Three Maine Hymns

SSATB

Score
Joy Flows Down Like Radiant Moon (Transcribed for String Quartet) (2007) 2.5

Transcribed for and premiered (April 2007, Boston Athenaeum) by the Riverview Chamber Players, Rebecca Strauss, Artistic Director
From Three Maine Hymns

String Quartet

ScoreParts
Mandatum novum / A New Commandment I Give to You (2009) 4 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text in Latin and English from the Vulgata and the Book of Common Prayer

SSAATTB

Score
My Heart is a Holy Place (2001) 5

New arrangement of Cor meum est templum sacrum
Commissioned by The King’s Singers
Score available from Hal Leonard

AATTBB

Mysterious Ones /Arcanae (1995) 11

Commissioned and Premiered (24 February 1996) by Ensemble Project Ars Nova, at First Church in Cambridge
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

  1. Seraphim PDF
  2. Michael PDF
  3. Lucis angeli PDF
  4. Text for Arcanae PDF

Male and Female Voices

Nada te turbe (Let Nothing Disturb You) (2006) 7

Commisioned and Premiered by Tapestry (Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, Daniela Tosic)
Text: Prayer Book of St. Teresa of Avila (Spanish)

SSSA

Score
Nine Orders of the Angels (The) (1996) 44 min

Commissioned and Premiered (22 March 1996) by Tapestry, Cambridge, MA; Laurie Monahan, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

  1. Custodes Angeli MP3
  2. Gabriel PDF MP3
  3. Anael PDF MP3
  4. Angeli Potestatis MP3
  5. Raphael MP3
  6. Dominationes MP3
  7. Thronorum MP3
  8. Cherubim PDF MP3
  9. Seraphim MP3

SSAA

Score
Nocturnes (2000, 2008, 2016) 40

Commissioned and Premiered (20 November 2000) by the Newton Choral Society; David Carrier, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SSATB, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets, Trombone & Tuba (Movements III and VI may be performed a cappella)

ScorePartsChorus
O Pulcher (1997) 4 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (27 March 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SSATBB

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Pentecost (1996) 5 min (1996) 5

Commissioned and Premiered (26 May 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SATB

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Populus qui ambulabat in tenebris / The People Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light (2000) 3 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (Easter Sunday 2000) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Isaiah 9: 2, 6, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

SATB

Score
Prayer for Peace (2005, 2018) 4

Commissioned and Premiered (25 May 2005) by Tapestry (Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, Daniela Tosic), First Church in Cambridge
As supplemental music for new staging of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo
Text: Psalm 148

SSAA

Score
Psalm 3, O quid multiplicate sunt qui tribulant me/ O why are they multiplied that afflict me? (2015)

Commissioned and Premiered by Renaissance Men
Text in Latin from the Vulgata

Score
Psalm 4, Answer When I Cry (2013)

Premiered (13 January 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Beneficia lucis (Jay Lane, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB

Score
Psalm 12, O, Help, For There are No Faithful Left (2017-2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer

Solo Soprano & SSAAT/B

Score
Psalm 16, You Are My Portion and My Cup (2013)

Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

Score
Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned and Premiered by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATBB

Score
Psalm 22, Mary’s Lament (2014) MP3

Dedicated to Tapestry
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English), St. Benedict: Vigils
From Music for the Psalms

SSMzA

Score
Psalm 23 You are My Shepherd (2014)

Dedicated to Vermillion
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB

Score
Psalm 25, To You I Lift Up My Soul (2012) MP3

Commissioned by Carson Cooman and Premiered (1 October 2012) by The Harvard University Choral Fellows; Carson Cooman, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

Score
Psalm 27, You Are My Light and My Salvation (2013)

Premiered (21 April 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, performed by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSA & SSSA

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Psalm 31, In You Have I Taken Refuge (2013)

Premiered (27 January 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Angeli te Custodiant
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

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Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love (2016)

Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commissioned and Premiered by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATTBB

Score
Psalm 40 and Birdsong by Rumi (2016) MP3

Premiered by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director, at Night Song, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Text: Rumi (Birdsong) and The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

Text

Birdsong brings relief to my longing
I’m just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say!
Please universal soul, practice some song or something through me!
You heard my cry.
You put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to you:
Amen.

SSSA

Score
Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove (2016)

Part of  “Birds of the Psalms”
Commssioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSSA/SSAA

Score
Psalm 57, In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: The Biblia Sacra Vulgata
From Music for the Psalms

TBB

Score
Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2017 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSA

Score
Psalm 63, I Seek You (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

Score
Psalm 70, Be Pleased to Deliver Me (2018)

Part of “Children of the Borderlands”
For Daryl Bichel and Night Song, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

Score
Psalm 91, You Are My Refuge and My Stronghold (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATTBB

Score
Psalm 104, Birds of the Air (2016)

Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATTBB

Score
Psalm 107, We Give Thanks to You (2013) MP3

Premiered (24 November 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSSA

Score
Psalm 108, Wake Up, My Spirit (2013)

Premiered (21 May 2013) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB, or SATB & Organ

Score
Psalm 114, When Israel came out of Egypt (2014)

Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATB

Score
Psalm 116, Alleluia (2017)

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2017) by Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director, in celebration of  Coro Allegro’s 30th anniversary and in honor of Coro Allegro’s past, present and future Presidents for their
leadership, vision, and tireless dedication.

SSATB

Score
Psalm 118, The Evil Surround Me (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

SSAT/B

Score
Psalm 121, I Lift My Eyes to the Hills (2014)

Commissioned and  Premiered  by Renaissance Men

TTBB

Score
Psalm 130, De profundis/Out of the depths (2015)

Premiered (22 March 2015) at St. Stephen’s Church in Providence, RI (James Busby, Organist and Choirmaster)
Text: Latin from the Vulgate, with the English text of the Book of Psalms from Challoner’s revision of the Douay translation
From Music for the Psalms

Score
Psalm 134, Behold Now, Bless God (2013)

Premiered (3 February 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Canticum verspertinum
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB

Score
Psalm 147, You lift up Jerusalem (2014)

Dedicated to Angelus, Dana Taylor, Director
Text: From the Hebrew, Transliteration by Alan J . Green
From Music for the Psalms

SSAA

Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATBB

Score
Psalms of Luminous Rescue (2018) 35

Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

  1. Psalm 59, O Rescue Me
  2. Psalm 12, O Help, For There Are No Faithful Left
  3. Psalm 30, I will Exalt You
  4. Psalm 28, I Praise You
  5. Psalm 68, Let Us Be Glad
  6. Psalm 139, Where Can I Go From Your Spirit?
  7. Psalm 143, O, Hear My Prayer
  8. Psalm 188, The Evil Surround Me
  9. Psalm 48, Be Still
  10. Luminous Rescue
ScoreParts
Requiem (2004) 37

Commissioned and Premiered (31 October 2004) by Coro Allegro; David Hodgkins, Director, Sanford Sylvan, baritone, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In memory of Julie Ince Thompson
Text: The Mass (Latin); one additional text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

  1. Introit MP3
  2. Kyrie MP3
  3. Domine MP3
  4. Sanctus and Hosanna MP3
  5. Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei MP3
  6. Lux aeterna MP3
  7. Libera me/The Comforter MP3
  8. In Paradisum MP3

Solo Baritone, SSAATTBB, Solo Oboe & String Orchestra

ScorePartsChorus
Requies aeterna donata est / Eternal Rest is Granted (1996) 4.5

Commissioned and Premiered (24 November 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SATB

Score
Sparrow, sparrow, of the evening (2006) 2.5 min MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (19 November 2006) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

SSSAATB

Score
Voice of the Tenth Muse (The) (1998) 39 min

Commissioned by and Premiered (15 November 1998), by Coro Allegro
David Hodgkins, Director, soprano Ruth Cunningham
Text by Sappho (Old Greek and English)

  1. So I pray (Greek) MP3
  2. Come to me from Krete (Greek) MP3
  3. I urge you (Greek)
  4. Now she stands among Lydian women (English) MP3
  5. To me it seems that man has the fortune of the gods (Greek) MP3
  6. Some say an army of horsemen (English) MP3
  7. On the throne of many hues, Immortal Aphrodite (English) MP3
  8. So I pray (Reprise) (Greek) MP3
  9. Many crowns of violets, roses and crocuses (Greek)

Solo Soprano & SSAATTBB

Score
You Hear My Cry / Domine exaudis orationem meam (2003) 5 MP3

Commissioned by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director

SSSAATBB or Solo Soprano & SSAATBB

ScoreParts

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