The Lord Sets the Prisoners Free

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The Lord Sets the Prisoners Free

SATB/divisi chorus

Duration: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Text: Psalm 146

Premiere: October, 2011, Robert Shewan Chorale Rochester, New York, Robert Shewan, conductor

This is an a capella work for SATB choir with divisi. It opens with a triumphant contrapuntal section that emulates the sound of church bells...”I will praise the Lord as long as I live A contrasting lyrical section ushers in the second section…”put not your trust in princes…” The two ideas recur, replicating the mood generated by the text. The lyrical theme soars into the upper register on the text…”The Lord opens the eyes of the blind and lifts up those who are bowed down…” The piece ends with a six-part bombastic transformation of the ringing church bells …”The Lord sets the prisoners free!”