Three Psalm Monodies (2012)
for Vocal/Choral Monody
Text from the Bible: from Psalm 96 and 119
- Teach Me
- Your Word
- Sing to the Lord
Matthew Curtis/Choral Tracks LLC
Duration: 2 min.
Dedication: for Roger Lee Hall
Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.
These three brief pieces were inspired by the Shakers, whose many thousands of songs were sung unaccompanied. For the first hundred years of their society, Shaker songs were always monophonic. Though the music of these monodies is not in a Shaker style, they are meant to be sung by soloists, choirs, and/or congregations without accompaniment. Many musicians have become afraid of simply presenting a melody on its own, without the support underneath of vocal harmony and/or instrumental accompaniment. The Shakers’ strong belief in simplicity and directness of expression is a valuable mindset to re-claim, even for non-Shaker music.