Be In My Head
for women's or mixed chorus and keyboard (1995)
Arsis Press, 3 minutes
"And the closing, starting
with a knell of finger cymbals, is perfect..." (IAWM
Be In My Head is a quiet,
prayerful piece that can be sung either by women's or mixed chorus
accompanied by either piano
or organ. Finger cymbals are required at the opening of
the piece. Based on the beautiful prayer from the Sarum
Rite, the music is quiet and meditative. The intervals used consist
almost entirely of perfect fifths.
The piece is a choral arrangement
of the final prayer in the composer's monodrama on Joan of Arc, Herstory
III. The Hampshire
Chorus conducted by Ann Kearns premiered the music in Amherst,
Massachusetts and in New York City.
sample & text below.
Score: God Be In My Head
God be in my head,
in my understanding;
God be in my eyes,
in my looking;
God be in my mouth,
in my speaking;
God be in my heart,
in my thinking;
God be at my end,
at my departing.