Hear my prayer (Jason Smart)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-20)  CPDL #57622:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2020-03-20).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 551 kB   Copyright: CC BY ND
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General Information

Title: Hear my Prayer
Composer: Jason Smart
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB with divisions
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:

Description: A setting of the first six verses of Psalm 55. I have sought to depict the psalmist as someone oppressed by enemies and in fear of his life. His reference to the dove is not to a symbol of gentleness and comfort, but is a cry of anguish and despair. (Only later in the psalm will his faith in God lift him from this mood.) I have described the piece as a 'concert anthem' because its deliberately unrelenting dark and troubled mood might make it difficult to place in modern church services. However, I certainly would not wish to preclude such a performance should a suitable occasion arise.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 55.