King of Glory
Composer David Hurd
Text George Herbert
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Praise and Adoration
Length 4' 00" Price $2.50 (U.S.) Released 6/99
Catalog no. 418-622 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"David Hurd's continuation of Selah's George Herbert series--'King of Glory, King of Peace'--is anything but obvious. In fact, I had to play through it a second time to see what David was up to. Several re-visits have confirmed that initial impression: this dynamic piece has a fine inner logic that takes its own time to manifest. What a refreshing change from the immediate gratification of most anthems published today. Here is the highest praise I can imagine: rather than borrowing glory from the distinguished text, this music actually enlarges Herbert, contributing its own glory both to the text and to its singing." --AAM Journal, Feb. 2001
David Hurd is a master at achieving profoundly expressive musical effects with the most direct means and often the simplest of textures. This skill is very much in evidence in this setting of the famous George Herbert text. Broad and majestic, the work traverses the wide range of emotions expressed in the poem, and illustrates the breadth of the experience we call "praise."
King of glory, King of peace, I will love thee;
And that love may never cease, I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request, thou hast heard me;
thou didst note my working breast, thou hast spared me.
Wherefore with my utmost art, I will sing thee;
and the cream of all my heart, I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried, thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied, thou didst hear me.
Seven whole days, not one in sev'n, I will praise thee,
In my heart, though not in heav'n I can raise thee.
Small it is in this poor sort to enroll thee;
e'en eternity's too short to extol thee.