Voicing: SATB a cappella
Text: Henry Vaughan (1622 - 1695)
Published by: classica Music Publishers
The first of the Three Motets on Texts of Henry Vaughan to be completed (1999) and the second number in the group (see elsewhere on this web-site for a discussion and review of the Three Motets). This piece sets a short poem by Vaughan of a decidedly Easter nature, although the text is a long way from any liturgy. The poem is based upon a portion of the Song of Solomon, (2: 11-17) the sensuously beautiful Old Testament chapters often attributed to King Solomon. One correction needs to be made to the published scores of the Motets where it is claimed that all of the three pieces are related to the Song of Solomon. Only The Revival is based upon the Song of Solomon. Apologies for any confusion.
Performed by: The University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor from their recording My Soul There is a Country (2001)