Psalm 42 (43) (E-L)
Choral level of difficulty: Level 1 (5 greatest)
A straightforward refrain and verse structure with the refrain built on a pedal point C for the basses (the idea of the ‘drone’ is rarely far from MacMillan’s writing in this style). The verses are beautifully free and set as chant. The moving away from the pedal point also gives them a harmonic freedom which is remarkable given the simplicity of the writing. The clarity of expression gives the words a real prominence. This would make a good starting point for a choir of limited attainment looking to broaden its repertoire.
Repertoire note by Paul Spicer