The short Miserere mei
(1993) begins in the unusual key of G sharp minor and the descending musical outline gives a sense of bowing one’s head in prayer. Dubra lifts the music out of this plaintive stance by focusing on the words ‘sed ut convertatur in [sic] vivat’ (‘but that he will be converted and live’). ‘Vivat’ is held in one’s sight for as long as possible before the music returns to the opening plea for mercy.
from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009