De Profundis - SCORE ONLY
De Profundis was initially conceived as a prelude - or perhaps more of an invocation - for my concerto grosso for brass quintet and wind
ensemble, Deep Calls to Deep. Both titles are drawn from Psalm texts; "Deep Calls to Deep" is a line from Psalm 42 and De Profundis is
the liturgical title for Psalm 130. Since Deep Calls to Deep was composed to memorialize a great tragedy - the loss of life and destruction of property caused by Hurricane Katrina - it seemed fitting to compose the prologue, De Profundis as a prayer in the face of the upheavals of 2020. In liturgy, the De Profundis serves a dual purpose; to commemorate the dead and to express penance for sin. It is not an altogether optimistic prayer, but prayers of distress and despair are heard as clearly as prayers of joy and thanksgiving are, and the piece ends with a glimmer of hope in the darkness.
"De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine; Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuæ intendentes in vocem deprecationis meæ."
"Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord; Lord, heard my voice. Oh let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading."
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