Composer:   Hans Leo Hassler
Arranger:   edited by Karl-Heinz Schnee
Publisher:   Walton Music
Edition:   W2318
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Paula Holmberg
Minnetonka High School 2002
R&R Chair High School Choirs

This five-part motet on Psalm 96 is mostly imitative, reminiscent of the style of Gabrieli, Hassler’s teacher. The piece is full of expressive content, teaching compositional techniques of the time, coupled with the comfortable tessituras, making it very gratifying to sing. A moderately gifted high school choir will enjoy the balance of challenge and intrigue that this piece offers.