Caedmon's Hymn (2009)
"This text dates to the 7th Century in present-day England. The text is attributed to Caedmon, an illiterate cowherd. This was my inaugural piece written for organ, which was a challenge. Because of the origin of the text, I cast aside all rhythmic parallelism and set the text very organically. Alternating freely between duples and triples, the piece moves forward triumphantly in a simple and powerful declaration of faith. The middle section, slow and contrapuntal, juxtaposes with the preceding and following fast and rhythmic sections."
Nunc laudemus Praeses regni caelestis,
Vim Creatoris, cogitationemque Suum,
opera Patris Praeclari; quam ille, Dominus aeternus,
omnia miracula ab principio instituebat.
Primo aetheram qua tectum finxit
liberis Terrae, Creator sanctus.
Terram mediam deinde Custos hominum,
Dominus aeternus, postea viris fecit,
orbem terrarum nostrum, Dominus omnipotens!
Now we should praise the Guardian of heaven's kingdom,
the Creator's might, and His subtle thought,
the work of the Glorious Father; how He all wonders was,
eternal Lord, originally establishing.
He first shaped, for Earth's children,
heaven as roof, Holy Creator.
Then middle-Earth: mankind's Keeper,
eternal Lord, afterwards made
for men: our Earth. Master almighty!
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