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 favorite 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.
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- June 9th 2013, Vanguard Voices and Brass @ Henry Ford Community Centre, Detroit, USA. Kevin Dewey cond.
- Winner, Vanguard voices International Choral Composition Competition, Emerging Composer Category. 2012