Required Resources: SAB choir, organ
Language: Latin, English
This text, coming from a Matins Responsory and a letter of a monastic nun, articulates the foundation of the Christian life:
Deus cordis mei, et pars mea Deus in æternum.
Paupertas, humilitas, caritas!
Thou art the God of my heart and my portion for ever.
Poverty — Humility — Charity!
Its broad application and usage goes well beyond the Memorial of Saint Clare (August 11) from which it came, with a clear message of love of God and neighbor.
The music begins in mildly polyphonic style, breaking into bold, homophonic chords at the three last words.
Written specifically for a high school choir, the SAB motet is easy to master, with appropriate ranges (soprano: middle C to F, alto: middle C to C, baritone: B to middle C).
The organ accompaniment, supportive but not duplicating the voice parts, is the most demanding part of the motet.
The verses from Psalm 73:21-28 are scored for choir, but could also be sung by a cantor.
Program this motet for Communion or for a Day of Reflection or Youth Retreat [No, all the music doesn't need to be guitar-based!].
Order #: 3198
- Liturgical Setting
- Ordinary Time
- 3-part Choir
- Latin / English