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Create in Me a Clean Heart

  •  Instrumentation: SATB with optional keyboard

  • Duration: 2:21'

  • Text: Psalm 51

  • Suitable for advanced High School, collegiate, and professional choirs 

  • Appropriate for worship or concert performance


Program Note


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."  

Elena Hopsu

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