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Psalm 23 : SATB and organ

by Brett McKern (2007)

Psalm 23


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Psalm 23 : SATB and organ / music by Brett M McKern.

Library shelf no. 782.5525/MCK 9 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This work was written especially for The Cathedral Singers for their tour of Wangaratta and surrounds, June 2007. It was premiered at High Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta on 10 June 2007. The work was inspired by an undergraduate student of the composer's, who thought that almost all composers who write for voices at some stage had set this text. This inspired the present composer to write his first setting of this text! The text is the usual form of the Psalm from the King James translation of the Bible, without a Gloria Patri. Musically, the work is in the form of a rondo with the main melody returning in one form or other after each intervening section. It is set in the usual pastoral F Major with a triple time metre, but includes modulations to keys as remote as D flat minor.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: SATB choir, organ.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Written for The Cathedral Singers tour, Wangaratta Cathedral, 2007

First performance: by The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner — 10 Jun 07. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta, VIC


Performances of this work

9 Sep 07: Anglican Church of Sts Simon and Jude, Bowral, NSW. Featuring The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner.

10 Jun 07: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta, VIC. Featuring The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner.

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