Make Me Hear of Joy and Gladness - (2019)
for Nigel Potts
A mixture of simple scales and scalar passages in canon is combined with some half diminished minor seven chords combined into progressions, for a celebratory "splash," as Nigel Potts wrote me upon receiving this work with a dedication to him. I had attended a choral evensong in April at which his choir performed Allegri's well known Misere miei, setting the text of Psalm 51. Thinking on the 10th verse in its English translation, this work suggested itself and was composed the following day. With terraced dynamics suggested, the work begins wholly diatonically, and then moves into polytonal colors.
Nigel Potts serves as Master of the Music at Grace Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina.
5 pages, circa 5' 00" an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this organ score.
Make Me Hear of Joy and Gladness