by Dan Senn
for a cappella
duration ci. 3'35"
Make Haste To Deliver Me is for a cappella choir and based on Psalm 70 as presented in the King
James version of the Bible. The text is slightly
altered by the composer. it is the third work in a set of four choral works called Four Psalms Modal.
Make Haste To Deliver Me explores two
contrasting contexts for prayer; one where the supplicant demands immediate intervention
from God, and the other, more penetant,
pleading and, perhaps, asking God to send help
on another time line. One is rhythmic, staccato,
petulant and almost martial, the other
more lyrical and heart felt.
Click here for a sound only (Sibelius voices) performance of the piece. A pdf of the full score
may be obtained from the composer.
1 Make haste, O God to deliver me;
make haste to help me, O Lord.
2 Let them be ashamed and confounded
that seek my soul; let them be turned
backward, and put to confusion,
that desire my hurt.
3 Let them be turned back for a reward
of their shame that say, Aha, aha.
4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice
and be glad in thee: and let such as
love thy salvation say continually,
Let God be magnified.
5 But I am poor and needy: make haste
unto me, O God: thou art my help and
my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarry.
Make Haste To Deliver Me is a modal piece
written in the aolian and harmonic minor. A piano reduction is included for rehearsals, but the piece should be sung a cappella. With the divisi, a eight voices are needed to perform this work.
Make Haste To Deliver Me written for and
dedicated to my wife Caroline. Again, it is the third
choral work in a set of four written between 2013-16 called Four Psalms Modal including Bay Psalm 23,
I Have No Haughty Looks and Bay Psalm 121.
Press play beneath the lyrics (left) to hear a December 2016 recording by the Kuhn Choir of Prague, Lenka Navrátilová, choirmaster. A pdf of the full score available from the composer.
Click here to listen and see a YouTube version of the score using Sibelius voices.
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