O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me
|Publisher||OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS IN-PRINT TITLES|
|Voice/Instrument||SATB & organ|
This setting of Psalm 139 by Chilcott is warm and mesmerizing. The chant-like texture and shifting tonalities impart the sensation of being entranced in prayer. The words offer respite, as one is safe in the omnipresence of God. Tranquil yet powerful, this work captures a sense of the total stillness after a storm. The sustained chords in the organ swell and fall, binding and supporting the choir's phrases while adding to the magical atmosphere of the anthem.