Psalm 100 (2016)

SATB a cappella choir

Co-commissioned by: Texas Tech University Choir and Iowa State Singers

Durata: ca. 3:30

Premiere: 04/02/2017 and 10/20/2017

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Listen below to an excerpt of Psalm 100 performed the Texas Tech University Choir, Richard Bjella, cond.:

Program notes:

Psalm 100 was co-commissioned by two beautiful choirs: Texas Tech University Choir and the Iowa State Singers, and written with the skills of these choirs in mind. It is a concise and hope-filled composition which seeks to fuse the craft and savor of polyphonic style from centuries past with unmistakably modern style. The opening line “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth” is joyfully sung in Latin, creating bookends at the beginning and end of the piece. The rest of the words are set in English and the music traverses through rhythmic and cascading textures to highlight the words and radiantly express their meaning.

Text:

Jubilate Deo, omnis terra!

Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Jubilate Deo, omnis terra!