S, mz, a, t, bar, b
This piece is composed for six solo voices. However it is possible to do it in a choir, but then it needs to be clear whether or not one wishes to do the unmeasured parts as tactus (following a conductor), or more freely. Both are options.
It is also perfectly possible to use different choreographing when performing. The piece is frequently using a double choir-setup, changing from s-mz-t and a-bar-b to womenÕs and menÕs choir.
The music gains from being performed visually.
Also the lyrics are from psalms, no. 61, and regarding desperation and hope. Please consider the translation supplied here before singing the piece.
First performed in Stenbrohult, july 1st 2004 by Vox Scaniensis and Peter Wallin
Psalm 61 (60) Nova Vulgata Bibliorum Sacrorum Editio
Exaudi, Deus, deprecationem meam,
intende orationi meae.
A finibus terrae ad te clamavi,
dum anxiaretur cor meum.
In petram inaccessam mihi deduc me!
Quia factus es spes mea,
turris fortitudinis a facie inimici.
Inhabitabo in tabernaculo tuo in saecula,
protegar in velamento alarum tuarum,
quoniam tu, Deus meus, exaudisti vota mea,
dedisti hereditatem timentium nomen tuum.
Psalm 61 from 21st century King James Version
(revised verse numbers by composer)
Hear my cry, O God;
attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee
when my heart is overwhelmed;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For Thou hast been a shelter for me
and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Thy tabernacle for ever;
I will trust in the refuge of Thy wings. Selah
For Thou, O God, hast heard my vows;
Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear Thy name.