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Britten, Benjamin: Deus in adjutorium meum (1944-45) 4'
for SATB chorus a cappella

Music Text

Psalm 70

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Repertoire Note

Choral level of difficulty: Level 2 (5 greatest)

This setting of Psalm 70 (Haste thee O God to deliver me) is a fine, passionate and almost completely overlooked anthem which ought to be in the repertoire of most cathedrals and ambitious church choirs. The psalm is a dramatic one and Britten reflects the words in a wide-ranging setting which includes extended sections for tenors/basses and sopranos/altos. He also sets the Gloria.

This is not a difficult work but it is not entirely straightforward either. There is no translation in the printed score and conductors need to take a Psalter and annotate the score with a translation so that the words can be fully appreciated and a colourful performance created to reflect them. It is well worth the effort.

Repertoire note by Paul Spicer

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