for mixed voices (SATB with divisi) & organ, with optional percussion
Text: Latin (Psalms 100:1–2, 57:7b–11)
Duration: c6 minutes
In Jubilate Deo I have gone back to the music to which I was introduced from a very early age as a chorister at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. Singing regularly in concerts and services, many of my favourites come from the repertoire for choir and organ. However, for some reason, I have not written many works in that category myself. Perhaps I just needed some time before knowing how to approach it within my personal style. It is an honour to dedicate this joyful piece to Bjørn Moe, conductor of the aformentioned boys’ cathedral choir.
Jubilate Deo, omnis terra:
servite Domino in lætitia. Introite in conspectu ejus, in exsultatione.
Cantabo, et psalmum dicam.
Exsurge, gloria mea; [exsurge,] psalterium et cithara: exsurgam diluculo.
Confitebor tibi in populis, Domine: et psalmum dicam tibi in gentibus:
Quoniam magnificata est usque ad cælos misericordia tua, et usque ad nubes veritas tua.
Exaltare super cælos, Deus: et super omnem terram gloria tua.
Rejoice in God, all the earth:
serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him in exultation.
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre: I will awaken early.
I will praise you among the peoples; O Lord: I will sing of you among the nations.
For your mercy is magnified to the heavens, and your truth reaches to the skies.
Exalt your glory above the heavens, O God: and let your glory be over all the earth.
Kim André Arnesen
Arnesen is one of the most frequently performed composers from Norway today. He grew up in Trondheim where he was a chorister in Nidaros Cathedral, later being educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. With an interest in baroque music, contemporary classical music, and popular music, Kim could have taken many roads, but choral music became his greatest passion. His works have been performed in more than 30 countries around the world. His albums Magnificat (2014) and Infinity (2018) received excellent reviews and reached the top of the iTunes classical charts. He continues to enjoy a busy international schedule of commissions as well as guest appearances at festivals and other choral events. Arnesen has been a house composer at Boosey & Hawkes since 2017.