Create in Me a Clean Heart
Instrumentation: SATB with optional keyboard
Text: Psalm 51
Suitable for advanced High School, collegiate, and professional choirs
Appropriate for worship or concert performance
Completed September 10, 2010, this piece was premiered on my 2011 CD, Motets.
Text painting and highly perfumed chromaticism characterize this work. The first phrase came from a simple psalm setting from a few years earlier. A majority of the piece is homophonic, only to break into polyphony on the text "Open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth with proclaim Thy praise."