Composer Carol Doran Text George Herbert
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Praise and Adoration
Length 1' 25" Price $1.10 (U.S.) Released 3/93
Catalog no. 418-613 Difficulty Moderately difficult
"[Praise] reminds me of Irving Fine's The Hourglass, a collection of settings of the poetry of Ben Johnson. Doran's choral harmonies are fairly crunchy, while the sparse accompaniment is definitely more suited to piano or keyboard than to organ." -Pastoral Music, September 1994.
"Praise is a lovely anthem for a competent choir. Again, the accompaniment here is independent of the vocal parts."-Modern Liturgy, May 1994.
"Even more to the point of imaginative dialogue between keyboard and choir is Carol Doran's delightful setting of the first stanza from Praise III ("Lord, I will mean and speak thy praise"). Neither part is easy, but neither is out of the range for singers and players of moderate ability who enjoy a rewarding challenge. Two things to check before taking this to rehearsal: the TB text in m.23 and the misprint in m.33 (substitute "will" for "would")."-AAM Journal, Dec. 1994.
Description A flowing melody and accompaniment create a gentle yet dramatic hymn of praise. A rich setting of this Herbert text.
Praise! Lord, I will mean and speak thy praise alone.
My busy heart shall spin it all my days,
and when it stops for want of store,
then will I wring it with a sigh or groan
that thou may yet have more.
Lord, I will mean and speak thy praise alone.
Text: George Herbert