Post-Turkey Post

Little blogging lately because I have been working on a new motet for Emmanuel Church. If I can get it done by Dec. 3, they will perform the piece at the Gaudete Sunday liturgy of Dec. 16. Here’s the text:

Gaudete in Domino semper
Iterum dico, gaudete.

Modestia vestra nota
Sit omnibus hominibus.

Dominus prope est.

Nihil solliciti sitis
Sed in omni oratione
Petitiones vestrae
Inotescant apud Deum

Et pax Dei
Quae exsuperat omnem sensum
Custodiat corde vestra
Et intelligentias vestras
in Christo Jesu Domino nostro.

which translates as (King James Version):

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This is from the fourth chapter of Philippians. I set this text while a student at Columbia and it was performed at a Gaudete Sunday liturgy of Columbia’s Catholic Campus Ministry. I am totally re-writing the piece, drawing on some melodic motifs from the earlier version, but thoroughly re-making it in the light of my experience in writing for chorus in the decades (gulp) since grad school, as well as the difference between the volunteer choir of amateurs at Columbia and the extremely sophisticated choir of Emmanuel Music. OK, better get back to work…

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