Sheet Music: Score
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem : for choir in unison or two parts and piano or organ / music by Brett M McKern.
by Brett McKern (2013)
This is a setting of some famous verses from Psalm 122 which exhort the listener to prayer, and then a verse of Psalm 141 requesting that prayer rise to God. It is written with flexible voicing for a unison choir or one in two parts of upper and lower voices. These can be men and women, sopranos and altos, tenors and basses, girls and boys, or whatever the choir director wishes. For a parish church choir, it is sometimes helpful to have works like this where it will work even with some absentees. Similarly, the accompaniment works on piano for a school assembly or on organ at church or similar. Musically it is in a general AABA form with enough repetition to make its learning quicker. The soft beginning and ending are contrasted with a crescendo and climax in the B section. The ranges for each vocal line are not extreme. The harmonic language is tonal but contemporary. The melodic lines are lyrical. It is hoped choirs enjoy this approachable work.
Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720140 74 2] — 1 score (7p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 4 mins
First performance by Nicola Chau — 13 Jul 14. St John's Church, Gordon, NSW
Includes programme note and performance notes.
Text from Psalms 122:6-7, 141:2.
ISMN: 979 0 720140 74 2
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