Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Last Words of David (Randall Thompson)

I'm working with one of the Hoover choirs this morning on Randall Thompson's "The Last Words of David" and found a few interesting websites talking about the great work:

The scripture
Interview with Craig Jessop (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

Insight from a former middle school chorister who sang the work
A sermon on the topic

The text is appropriate on this day that we vote, the text of the work is shown here in the context of the scripture:

2 Samuel 23, King James Bible

1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

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