Text: Liturgical (Latin)
Duration: ca. 2 minutes
Publisher: C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67946
This little motet was written in 1975 (I think! That was quite awhile ago, now), and is a very simple and straightforward setting of the text in a basically tonal-modal idiom, one which could certainly be used liturgically. Though very different from my present style, I thought it might provide a bit of good material for treble choirs, which increasingly appear to be in the market for new pieces, and that it might be especially suitable for younger ensembles. Besides which, I’m still rather fond of it after all these years. My revisions do not include any substantive changes, which are almost always a bad idea when it comes to an early work, as there is always the danger of revising the impulse behind the original piece out of existence. Mainly I have made the rhythm a bit less foursquare than it initially was, and hope that I have made some of the voice leading more interesting and elegant. It is my wish that choirs will find it pleasing and rewarding to sing.