Psalm 12 (vocal music)
by Cathy Milliken (2020)
Performance by The Song Company from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 127.
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Library shelf no. CD 3178 [Available for loan]
Psalm 12 is a passionate plea to the Lord to hear the voice of justice and be saved from the voices proclaiming deceptive lies. "Rescue, O Lord! for the faithful is gone, for vanished is trust from the sons of man", they cry. This resonates greatly with the situation today of bipartisan politics and the difficulty of defining truth. "Let us make our tongues great", cry the deceivers thus causing the believers seek justice from the Lord. I have adapted the Psalm accordingly by structuring the text into sections to highlight each of the pleas as in a court of law, the Lord finally announcing his setting up of witness for the plight of those seeking justice. Each section favours a different vocal colour and register of the wonderful "Song Company" for which this was composed.
Instrumentation: SATB choir.
Duration: 8 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Adelaide Festival with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council.
- In the form/style of: Psalms
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