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Eternity

Eternity
God be in my head (2005) SATB unaccompanied 2′
Published by MorningStar Music (MSM-50-6303)
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, and… itunes logo

Text

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. At first glance, the initial key (F-sharp major, with six sharps!) may take some getting used to (yes, there’s an E-sharp in there). However, after only six measures of this unique key, it’s over to D major for the remainder of the piece. 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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Read Duane W. Krohnke’s appreciation of a performance of God be in my head in worship: here.

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September 1, 2015

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