3 Meditations (Agnus Dei; Beatus Vir; Jubilate Deo – SSAA a cappella)

SSAA a cappella (1995) 3’30″
Text in Latin.
Premiered and recorded by the Piedmont Choirs, Bob Geary, Director.
Also recorded by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Martin Benvenuto, Director. (See Discography.) 

This set of three short a cappella movements has been performed by high-school-age women’s ensembles as well as adult groups.  The biblical texts are set in Latin: the Agnus Dei, Beatus Vir, and Jubilate Deo. The set was composed so that any single movement could be performed on its own or together as a group. 

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Program note:

Based upon John the Baptist’s reference in John 1:29 to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the text in Latin is:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Translation:

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Evoking plainsong through use of the dorian mode and using layered but constantly evolving ostinati, the Agnus Dei creates a mood of gentle but increasingly insistent supplication.This set of three short a cappella movements has been performed by high-school-age women’s ensembles as well as adult groups.  The biblical texts are set in Latin: the Agnus Dei, Beatus Vir, and Jubilate Deo. The set was composed so that any single movement could be performed on its own or together as a group. 

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