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Thou art beautiful above the children of men
Premiere: December 2016/The Singers/Minneapolis, MN/Matthew Culloton
Instrumentation: SATB with optional keyboard
Text: Matthew 2:2; Psalm 72:1-2, 7 KJV
Appropriate for worship
Completed February 22, 2009 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. From a collection of five motets for lesser feasts, this piece features the text traditionally used during communion of the feast of the Transfiguration. 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 are 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 Give the King thy judgments, Pater si, Qui meditabitur, and Hoc Corpus.
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