Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn in F, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Timpani, Drums, Percussion Ensemble, Soprano Voice, Tenor Voice, Baritone Voice, Harp, Choir, SATB, Chamber Orchestra, 2 Flutes/Piccolo, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoon, 2 Horns, Timpani, Percussion, Harp, Strings - Digital Download
Composed by Michael E. Ekbladh. 21st Century, Christian, Jewish, Spiritual, Sacred. Octavo. 44 pages. Michael E. Ekbladh #MEE9800CS. Published by Michael E. Ekbladh (S0.25047).
Item Number: S0.25047
The Psalms speak to us through centuries of despair and hope. Just as today’s believers use the psalms to express their faith, so did the believers of centuries past. Originally titled I Cry to Thee, this work was commissioned by the Brazos Valley Chorale in the spring of 1998 and was first performed with choir and piano in May of the same year. This is the recording you will hear. The orchestration followed six years later in the spring of 2004 with the first full performance on May 23, 2004. Mass for the Soul possesses five structural elements from the psalms of lament: the address (and introductory petition), lament, confession of trust, petition, and vow of praise. It is this structure that forms the five movements. “The way out of the depths begins in the possibility of prayer and the awareness that only the One who hears that prayer can draw us out of the depths. So the self that is caught in its iniquities cries out because of the need for forgiveness and because with God forgiveness is possible.” [Interpreting the Psalms by Patrick Miller] Full Score and parts also available (MEE9800FS).
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