God Has Made Holy His Dwelling Place
Ostinato Refrain for Marian Feasts
for Choir, Cantor, Assembly, and Piano/Organ
premiered December 8, 2009
The Church of St. Peter
Saratoga Springs, NY
Ostinato Refrain (for choir and assembly) with Superimposed Verses (for Cantor) and accompaniment
About God Has Made Holy His Dwelling Place:
God Has Made Holy His Dwelling Place (2009) is inspired by the Offertory Antiphon for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, as found in the Graduale Simplex, but it is suitable to any Marian feast or liturgy in which devotion to Our Lady takes a prominent role. The Refrain is an ostinato, which means it is meant to be repeated as many times as desired in order to allow those at prayer to meditate on the text, and to aid the Assembly in learning the music as it is being sung. The Verses, based on Psalm 46:2,6,9,12, are intended to be sung superimposed over the Refrain, by a Cantor. There is a lot of flexibility inherent in a piece in this form. If a Cantor is not present to sing the Verses, they may be omitted, and the Refrain may be sung repeatedly on its own by the Assembly, either with a Choir, Cantor, or simply with keyboard accompaniment. The accompaniment is suitable for Piano or Organ, and chord symbols are provided, either for guitarists, or to aid keyboard improvisation, if so desired.
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