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O Sons and Daughters

  • Premiere: November 2017 / Minneapolis / The Singers / Matthew Culloton

  • Instrumentation: Two-part, mixed or equal voices, and organ

  • Appropriate for choirs of all levels

  • Suitable for worship or performance


Program Note

Completed in August 2009, this motet was the final installment to a cycle of motets written for the Choir of Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, Massachusetts, and its director, Dr. Linda J. Clark.  I was a staff singer and Director of the Junior Choir at Grace Church from 2005 - 2009. During this time, I had the opportunity to write and premiere more than a dozen motets, solidifying my technique in the choral idiom. 

In my capacity as a staff singer, I sat directly facing a series of four stained glass windows, each depicting a scene from Christ's life - birth, baptism, death, and resurrection. Each motet in this cycle is  a choral meditation on one of these windows, and is written for a choir of any size and composition that can be evenly divided into two voice parts.


Deborah Hurd

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