Give the King Thy Judgments
Premiere: Fall 2014 / Philovox Ensemble / Boston, MA / Robert Schuneman
Instrumentation: SATB with optional keyboard
Text: Matthew 2:2; Psalm 72:1-2, 7 KJV
Appropriate for worship
Completed January 18, 2009 in Hyde Park, Massachusettes. From a collection of five motets for lesser feasts, this piece features the text traditionally used during communion of the feast of the Epiphany. All works in this set employ a similar form - a chanted response alternates with a homophonic setting of a psalm meditation. The chant and psalm pairing were taken from the Liber Usualis; the traditional chant is used verbatim, while the psalm setting is in a contemporary harmonic vernacular. Other titles from this set include Thou art beautiful above the children of men, Pater si, Qui meditabitur, and Hoc Corpus.
In a review of this piece, The Diapason described it as "Sophisticated music with some surprising harmonies."