God be in my head

SATB, unaccompanied–2′

A beautiful, tranquil setting which offers a fresh look at the wonderful Old English Prayer from the Sarum Primer.




God be in my head (2005)

SATB unaccompanied 2′
Premiere—National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, cond., Roseville, MN 11/06
Recorded by The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, cond. on Eternity, NLCA CD 02022
Published by MorningStar Music. Distributed by Canticle.


God be in my head
And in my understanding;
God be in my eyes
And in my looking;
God be in my mouth
And in my speaking;
God be in my heart
And in my thinking;
God be at my end;
And at my departing.

–Sarum rite

“Nice a cappella choral writing is exhibited in this setting of a familiar prayer. The setting is brief (26 measures), which will allow a more limited choir an opportunity to try a bit more daring piece with some outstanding soaring phrases, and a very small amount of polyphony.. . . . Choirs able to handle SATB writing a cappella should consider it.” –Richard Resch, Good Shepherd Institute His Voice: Recommended Reading and Listening, March 2007.



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