Composer:   Ned Rorem
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   OC4B6444
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Ronald A. Nelson
Westwood Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park 1990
R&R Chair Music in Worship

From Rorem’s “Seven Motets for the Church Year,” this one, designated for Ash Wednesday, is probably the easiest of the seven and would be appropriate for many other services during the year. The text, from the Sermon on the Mount, is Matthew 6:20-21. Best sung unaccompanied, the tricky modulations might benefit from discrete organ support. But let the choir hear these shifting tonalities before attempting to sing them. This short piece is not too difficult for most church choirs.