When David Heard

When David Heard


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This setting of When David Heard is inspired by the raw power of grief conveyed through this simple yet evocative text. The piece uses various vocal textures and effects to communicate the various stages and emotions felt while grieving, from unison lines, to canonic imitation, to lush choral harmonies. The final extended phrase is intended to evoke images of David standing alone in his tower, screaming accusingly with a heavy voice upwards towards heaven.

Text: Adapted from 2 Samuel 18:33
Voicing: SSATTB
Composed in 2022
Semi finalist in the 2023 Sewanee Church Music Conference Composition Competition



When David heard that Absalom was slain he went up into his chamber over the gate and wept

And thus he said;

O  my son, Absalom.

Would God I had died for thee!