Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

for mixed voices, children’s voices (optional) and organ

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by the Cathedral Heritage Society of Louisville for the 1998 Festival of Faiths, and was first performed during the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The performers were the choruses of the Cathedral of the Assumption, with their organist and music director, David Lang.

The setting is intended to be appropriate for either liturgical or concert use. Within the confines of a short composition I have attempted to express several of the different emotional states that one might feel about the supplication of the text. An active, slightly agitated central section is framed by simple, almost static, outer sections. The outer sections feature the children’s voices, while the middle section is given primarily to the adult voices.

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