Awake My Soul; Morning Has Broken

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Awake My Soul; Morning Has Broken

SATB chorus/organ/woodwind quintet/trumpet

Duration 5 minutes

Text: Psalm 57 and Eleanor Farjeon

Premiere: February, 1990, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale, North Chili, New York, Robert Shewan, conductor

The sprightly folksong-nature of the original tune inspired me to combine a setting of Psalm 57 with the familiar words and melody. The Psalm text chides the listener to awaken and see the glorious rebirth in the dawning of a new day, a recurring reminder of the miracle of Creation. The instruments represent the sounds of morning: the trumpet sounds the wake-up-call; the woodwinds and organ create the sounds of birds, wind, and the bustling activity of the early morning; and the high register and piercing timbre of the woodwinds exemplify the day’s new beginning.

Purchase this CD: Parables of God and Man. Music of Stephen Shewan Volume 2, Albany Records TROY 349