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Composed by Rosephanye Powell
Series Editor: Judith Willoughby
Voicing: SSAA a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0584
Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te Deus.
Sitivit anima mea ad Deum vivum: quando veniam et apparebo ante faciem Dei mei?
Fuerunt mihi lacrymae meae panes die ac nocte, dum dicitur mihi quotidie, Ubi est Deus tuus?
Rosephanye Powell's "Sicut Cervus" is a powerful and ethereal setting of a timeless text. Structured loosely in a rondo form (ABACA), the A section is reminiscent of the mysticism and otherworldly quality associated with plainchant (although it is not monodic). The A sections alternate with increasingly powerful polyphonic sections, which explore the questions raised in the psalm text. The contemplative ending offers, in its final moment, a harmonic "ray" of hope.
This selection is an ideal choice for medium to advanced women's choirs.
from the Judith Willoughby Choral Series
recording performed by Miami University Choraliers
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