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He Gives His Beloved Sleep (satb choir with soloists and organ)

by Andrew Anderson (2018)

He Gives His Beloved Sleep

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He Gives His Beloved Sleep / music: Andrew Anderson ; text: Psalm 127:1-2.

Library shelf no. 782.55294/AND 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The anthem is a setting of Psalm 127:1-2. There has been debate as to how "sleep" in verse 2 should be translated, so it is of note is that this setting incorporates two versions (the choir and solo soprano singing "for so he giveth his beloved sleep", with a solo baritone answering "he giveth even as they sleep").

Text (derived from the King James Version):

"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep (he giveth even as they sleep)."

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Solo soprano, solo baritone, SAATBB choir, organ.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Matthew Williams for performance by St James' Old Cathedral, Melbourne.

First performance: by The Old Cathedral Voices, David Brown — 9 Sep 18. St James' Old Cathedral, West Melbourne, VIC

Contribute submitted additional notes:

The divisi sections occur when the soloists are not singing, thereby allowing the anthem to be sung by three male and three female voices provided the soloists join the choir in between their solo lines.

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Performances of this work

9 Sep 18: St James' Old Cathedral, West Melbourne, VIC. Featuring The Old Cathedral Voices, David Brown.

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