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George Herbert Motets

Love is that Liquor Sweet - Choirs of Trinity Church in the City of Boston
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The way to heaven's doore - Choirs of Trinity Church in the City of Boston
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Beautie alone to me - Choir of Trinity Church in the City of Boston
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  • Premiere: March 6, 2011 / Trinity Church in the City of Boston / Frank Pesci

  • Instrumentation: SATB with optional keyboard

  • Duration: 7:00' combined

  • Text: George Herbert (1593 - 1633)

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

  • Appropriate for worship or concert performance

 

Program Note

 

These motets are part of a set composed in January 2011 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts for the Choirs of Trinity Church in Boston's Copley Square. Each piece exhibits a harmonic and rhythmic fluidity in response to the elegance and imagery of George Herbert's texts, which marry religious ecstasy and human need.  The specific texts chosen for these pieces express a longing for beauty and sweetness to counter dullness and a sense of languishing.

 

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Love is that liquor sweet

Love is that liquor sweet and most divine which my God feels as blood, but I as wine.

The way to heaven's doore

Sweetest of sweets, I thank you: when displeasure did through my bodie, wound my mind, you took me thence; and in your house of pleasure, a daintie lodging me assigned.  Now I in you without a bodie move, rising and falling with your wings.  Comfort I'll die if you poste from me, but if I travel in you companie, you know the way to heavens doore.

Beautie alone to me

Why do I languish thus, drooping and dull, as if I were all earth? O give me quicknesse, that I may with mirth praise Thee brimfull.  Thou are my lovelinesse, my light, Beautie alone to me: when all perfections as but one appeare that they Thy form doth show, the very dust that where Thy dost tread and go, makes beauties here; Lord, cleare Thy gift, that with a constant wit, I may but look toward Thee.