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Give the King Thy Judgments

  • Premiere: Fall 2014 / Philovox Ensemble / Boston, MA / Robert Schuneman

  • Instrumentation: SATB with optional keyboard

  • Duration: 3:20'

  • Text: Matthew 2:2;  Psalm 72:1-2, 7 KJV

  • Appropriate for worship


Program Note

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."

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