Composer:   Ivor Davies
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   5632; 5633; 5634; 5635; 5636; 5637
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Robert Scholz
St. Olaf College 1990
R&R Chair College & University

1.Noah’s Prayer 5632, 2. Prayer of the Little Bird 5633, 3. Prayer of the Cat 5634, 4. Prayer of the Mouse 5636, 5. Prayer of the raven 5636, and 6. Prayer of the Dove 5637. These delightful prayers are translated from the poems of Carmen Bernos de Gasztold. Although they are designated secular in Choral Music in Print, they can be used in the context of worship, too, with appropriate explanation or commentary. Each animal’s prayer represents a most human attitude towards God and life—not necessarily pious. Exquisite miniatures, they call for sensitive singing. Most often performed separately is the Prayer of the Cat, with its interplay of Anglican chant, part-song, and Baroque fugal styles.