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Psalm 100 (Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord)

By David Hurd

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SATB choir and organ - Early Intermediate
Composed by David Hurd (1950-). Building Dedication, Wedding, New Year, 21st Century, Faith, Hope/Assurance, Praise/Thanksgiving. Duration 3 minutes, 20 seconds. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #8456. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.8456).

Item Number: EC.8456

ISBN 600313484568. English. Psalms 100.

This anthem was commissioned by Dorothy Yates to mark the 50th anniversary of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia.
The text is announced by a brief fanfare on the organ. The raised 4th scale degree of the opening theme suggests the Lydian mode and accentuates the music's upward thrust. Following the opening fanfare, the setting passes back and forth between duple and triple meter several times. Triple and duple rhythmic elements occur simultaneously and play off of one another. In the anthem's middle section, the rhythmic energy of the opening is exchanged for a gentle extended crescendo as voices alternately sing their four-note, stepwise, rising lines over sustained organ chords. Then, the more energetic and somewhat metrically ambiguous elements of the previous section return. Finally, the text and music heard at the anthem's opening recur in the manner of an antiphon. Duration: 3:20

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