Audio & Video Dirksen’s first published work (1960) bears several life-long trademarks: A “scattered” introduction which sets mood & tempo but not theme; far-flung harmonies suavely coming and going (E-flat minor in a D minor piece), and the first of many lovely Amens (compare the end of his late F#-minor Mag and Nunc). Also of note: the sotto voce Gloria mimics the traditional liturgical bow at that point in the canticle.
D No: 304
Text - Incipit: O be joyful
Text - Author or Scripture: 1928 text
Performing Forces: 2 voices, organ
Date Published: LG 60
Date of Composition: 1958
Notes: Text: “Jubilate Deo,” BCP ’28; composed for the summer choir of men while the Great Organ console was being replaced. The Dirksen portative organ was first used — a forty-nine note keyboard, no pedals, and six stops controlled with on/off toe-studs. The audio is from the WCC at Westminster Abbey recording, and shows how SATB forces can be deployed.
Categorized as: Canticles & Liturgies Published Works
Tagged as: anthem, canticle, mens voices, organ, trebles