By God Kept Pure
Item #: 008828
SATB, Cantor, Assembly
Alan's rich text speaks of Mary, the chosen one, faithful disciple, blessed among women, and pure in heart. Alan also composed this compelling musical setting for a recent commission. Thy lyrical melody is supported by organ and brass. In the absence of the brass instruments the accessible organ accompaniment in verse 1 may be used for the entire piece. Verse 2 works wonderfully well as the choir sings the Latin words Beati mundo corde. ("Blessed are pure in heart") while the assembly and cantor continue singing the meoldy. Verses 3 and 4 feature brass quartet accompaniment as the melody is sung in unison. The final verse utilizes the choir singing the mantra-like phrase Ave Beata. ("Hail, Blessed One") beneath the cantor and assembly melody. Assemblies will enjoy playing their essential role in the full version of "By God Kept Pure".
Advent 4 B, Advent 2 A, Annunciation, Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception, Marian, Mary
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