GLORIOUS AND POWERFUL GOD
from Prophetiae Sibyllarum
Charles Villiers Stanford
Performed in Auer Hall at Indiana University, February 10, 2018 - conducted by Sam Ritter in Doctoral Recital under the mentorship of Prof. Walter Huff.
Irish born composer Charles Villiers Stanford was at the forefront of an English “renaissance” that forged new movements in compositional style. This piece is one example of his immense contribution to Anglican sacred music - a repertoire that has been standardized in churches both internationally and nationally. Composed in 1913, Glorious and Powerful God is one of three motets belonging to his Op. 135 works, along with Ye holy angels bright and Eternal Father. This anonymous text is set in a declamatory way, moving from impassioned realizations of God’s power to reflections on peace and rest.
*program note by the conductor