Psalm 13

When I finished the first iteration of this composition in December of 2008, my brother and I had plans of producing a really top-quality, professional recording.  In short, that never happened.  Yet my interest in the subject of choral composition was renewed this past month, and I felt the need to have at least some recording that I could work with, possibly to hand off to a choir, chorale, or other group of willing vocalists, as a sample or demo.

So yesterday I headed over my brother's house, and we pounded out this draft.  This was done with just two people and about 6 hours of work.  To put that at least partially in perspective, this chorale is scored for a minimum of 12 people.  About halfway through our session, I could well understand how groups like the Orange County Catholic Chorale or Chorale Bel Canto can spend 6 weeks or so working on just one piece.

This is a very rough draft.  Due to the short amount of time that we had, no mixing has been applied to the tracks.  It's just a rough cut.  But even so, even with all its flaws, I think this recording captures the basic intent of the piece.  And having any recording of this composition at all is such a big deal to me, that I wanted to post it on my site.

Moving forward, we may go back and refine this.  We may re-record some sections, and apply some general audio engineering to the piece.  I won't hold my breath for any other vocalists to get involved, but it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility.

The lyrics are as follows.

Psalm 13

How long, O Lord?  Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
"I have prevailed against him";
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in Your unfailing love;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.

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