Agnus Dei
For SSA Women, a cappella  (4:35)

Gladde Music Publications  (GMP0201)

Sometimes, amidst the tragedies of personal anguish and universal horror, unspeakable evil seems to overwhelm life.  For centuries, composers have utilized venerable Latin texts to capture the inexpressible - - to plead for divine intervention.  Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.

As the new millennium unfolded in 2001, the epidemic of children shooting children in America's schools struck the school district where I was raised.  Violence erupted first at Santana High School then followed at Granite Hills High School only seventeen days later.  Lives were lost, families were shattered, and peace was overcome by fear.  I decided then that my next creative effort would be to compose an Agnus Dei.  Months passed, when on September 11 the world stood transfixed......stunned by the attack on America's east coast!  I began composing Agnus Dei to seek solace and to raise voices in supplication to the Lamb of God.

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* The SATB version of "Agnus Dei" is part of a larger work entitled For Whom The Bell Tolls, co-commissioned by the Fresno State Chamber Singers and Chico State Chamber Singers of California State University - Anna Hamre and Jeffrey Gemmell, Directors.




South Main Baptist Church - Houston, TX
Thomas Coker, Director

SSA Recording

Herriman High School Women's Choir
Herriman, Utah
Austin Thorpe, Director

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