Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

SATB divisi (or SSAA) with piano accompaniment; from Three Latin Psalms

This is, by far, my best-selling piece. The mixed-meter rhythms are fun to sing and accessible even for high school or middle school choirs. It is available in SATB or SSAA voicing.

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Editor's Choice Basic Library

“This superb setting of the traditional Latin text from Psalm 100 fairly dances off the page in joy! Singable, natural-sounding mixed meter, a memorable melodic line, and a buoyant feel throughout make this one of the most appealing and musically satisfying works you will hear. Highly recommended!”

J.W. Pepper

Program Notes

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:1, 5).

I decided upon an asymmetrical meter (10/8) for this piece because it brings energy and exuberance to the music and because it fits the declamation of the text perfectly. The form is a modified rondo in which the recurring theme is the one set in 10/8. The rest of the piece bounces between differing meters – 6/8, 3/4, 4/4, and even 8/8. The layering of different rhythms on top of each other helps build the momentum and excitement throughout.

These two are part of the larger set, “Three Latin Psalms,” that Jubilate Deo comes from.