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"Bouman has gifted us with a
finely crafted work owing in part, to the motet tradition, yet
in musical language familiar to our 20th-century ears. I find
that kind of respect for history and Bouman's ability to inform
the present with it, especially heartening. This is terrific
choral music for novice or experienced groups. It is composed
in the style of Jan Bender's classic liturgical motets (which
are sadly long out of print) and deserves a place in that company.
The SAB writing is so natural one never really misses the tenor
line (it is often implied in the imitative writing). A lyric,
quasi-pentatonic tune on the text, "Blest are they that
hear the Word of God and keep," frames the choral Dearest
Jesus, At Your Word, the motet's middle section. I hear a
slight tip of the hat to Paul Manz's lovely organ setting of
Dearest Jesus in Bouman's harmonization. For another fine
choral motet see Bouman's Take Up YourCross (Selah 420-617).
Highly recommended." -Cross Accent, January 1998
unaccompanied chorale motet for SAB, based on the tune LIEBSTER
JESU framed by an introduction and coda. The lean-textured harmonies
are reminiscent of the choral music of Hugo Distler; the music
is easy and gratifying to sing.
Blest are they that hear the Word
of God and keep it.
Dearest Jesus, at your word
we have come again to hear you;
let our thoughts and hearts be stirred
and in glowing faith be near you;
as the promises here given
draw us wholly up to heaven.
Blest are they that hear the word of God.
Text: Luke 11:28 and Tobia Blausniter; tr.
Catherine Winkworth, adapt.