God Is Our Refuge

This composition was inspired at least in part by hearing composer Alice Parker talk about her then current fascination with writing “music that fits on one page.” I think the idea was to place a limitation on length and complexity in order to force reliance on the more basic elements of our musical language to create a meaningful piece. This setting is just under two minutes, but contains most of the elements of a normal choral anthem. There is a clear ABA structure with a coda, and the two sections musically represent the contrast found in the Hebrew Psalmist’s poetry.

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