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James Whitbourn

Publisher: Chester Music

Beatus vir (2017)
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
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The commission was for the feast day of St Matthew last September and the published score describes the text as being the Gradual for St Matthew. But that rather limits what is simply the first two verses of Psalm 112 and deserves to be sung throughout much of the church year. Forget Monteverdi and other lively settings of Beatus vir: here we have a contemplation on how blest is the person who trusts in the Lord. Despite a dramatic outburst on ‘potens in terra’ (‘mighty in the land’), the work ends as it began with an extended, gentle setting of the word ‘Beatus’.
James L Montgomery, The Royal School of Church Music,01/03/2018
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