Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum (2012)

Duration: 7’30

Text: Psalm 134 (Latin Vulgate)

Instrumentation: SATB Choir (divisi), a cappella

Commissioned by the Royal Academy Chamber Choir (2012)
Patrick Russill, Conductor

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Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum is based on the Latin translation of Psalm 134 from the Old Testament.  It was commissioned by the Royal Academy Chamber Choir, premiered at Nereshiem Abbey, Germany on 2 September 2012, under the baton of Patrick Russill.   When asked to write a piece for this group, the requirement of Latin was somewhat of a challenge.  After researching many texts in this outdated dialect, I finally settled on this Psalm, which offers a universal message of prayer and blessings.  Like earlier chorale pieces that I had written, I tried to exhibit a sense of mystical spirituality combined with a belief of uncertainty, even though the text is pretty straightforward.  In addition, one of our most sacred and ancient languages set to a written faith before the dawn of Christ also reminds us of our past, where its stories and legends from worship have stood the test of time…

Finalist: The American Prize in Choral Composition (2014)