SSATB unaccompanied

Commissioned by Ralph Woodward and the Fairhaven Singers in memory of Dora Kemp, one of the choir’s sopranos, God is Light sets lines from Psalm 139, 1 Thessalonians, and 1 John. It moves from an unsettled tonality at the beginning, through anguished false relations and wistful expressivity, to find triumphant resolution in a blazing A major at the end. Like all of McDowall’s music, it is well crafted and singable.

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