Kirchenmusik im melopoetischen Stil: II. "Es wird das Scepter von Juda" [Philip Daniel; 2016, revised 2020]

Kirchenmusik im melopoetischen Stil: II. "Es wird das Scepter von Juda" [Philip Daniel; 2016, revised 2020]

By PhilipDaniel | Musica Melopoetica | 27 Oct 2020



I. "Es wird das Scepter von Juda ..." 0:00

II. "Er wird sein Füllen ..." 2:37



Second of a pair of sacred vocal works, originally composed in 2016 and revised in 2020. A motet for SATB a capella choir, setting in German the text of Genesis 49:10-11. The first section, a tenebrous and dramatic fugue teetering on the precipice of an unsettlingly chromatic extended tonality, resolves into a far more tranquil and pastoral chorale (the chorale tune of the second section itself being wholly originally conceived).



The complete engraved score, reproduced below:








The text (in both German and KJV English versions):


Genesis 49:10-11




[10] Es wird das Scepter von Juda nicht entwendet werden noch ein Meister von seinen Füßen bis der Held komme und demselben werden die Völker anhangen.


[11] Er wird sein Füllen an den Weinstock binden und seiner Eselin Sohn an den edlen Reben[.]




[10] The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.


[11] Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes[.]


The painting in the video is "Angeli Laudantes" by Edward-Burne Jones.



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