When first contemplating what this work would become, I knew that I wanted to
create something peaceful. I thought about what a beautiful place the world is. I began
to reflect upon the summer of 2015 and all the events that transpired in the world. I also
thought about how much hate is in it and about how human nature treats the world and
the other people in it; of course this issue is not a new one. I went searching for text and
found Verleih uns Frieden, which was written by Martin Luther in 1524, and has been
set in the original german by several composers including Bach, Schütz and
Mendelssohn. I believe this text to still hold a lot of truth so I set it in english as a hymn
and prayer of peace.
Grant Us Peace (2015)
Instrumentation: SATB, Vlc., Pno.
Duration: 4 minutes