Glorify!


Instrumentation:
 SATB Choir, Brass Quintet and Piano
Duration:                  4 minutes
Year:                           2011 (rev. 2012)

Complete Performance:

Vanguard Voices and Brass

Program Notes:

    Glorify!” is a radiant and energetic piece set to the words of King David in his legendary Psalm 34, employing SATB Chorus, Brass Quintet and Piano.  The Psalms have been a favourite inspiration for many choral works since the translation of the Bible, and I find them to be a constant inspiration for life and celebration.

    I took words from the first 3 verses and wrote three distinct sections of music for them, each different in texture and rhythm.  The main subject is set to verse 3: “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”  The rhythmic quality of the word “Glorify” led me to set this section in a 3/4 and 3/8 alternating meter, emphasizing the title of the piece.  The second verse is slightly more sober but nonethelss energetic: “My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.”  A motif introduced in the lower brass and piano sets the tone for this darker middle phrase, and alternates with the choir singing in unison.  This is followed by a quieter middle section setting the 1st verse, with the choir singing a new subject with staggered entrances.

Performance History:

  • June 9th 2013, Vanguard Voices and Brass @ Henry Ford Community Centre, Detroit, USA.  Kevin Dewey cond.

Awards:

  • Winner, Vanguard voices International Choral Composition Competition, Emerging Composer Category. 2012

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