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My setting starts with a unison chromatic theme in uneasy alternating 7/8 and 5/4. Call and response of sopranos and altos with tenors and basses lead to the first outburst of 'No, never, never can it be.' The material develops and climaxes on the second 'O! never'. The final contemplation of God's presence is hushed and returns to the original theme, but with altered intervals. The final 'O! he gives to us his joy' is sung pianissimo in sustained harmony before returning to the unison of the opening.
from notes by Richard Blackford © 2005
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