Peter's Denial
Alfred V. Fedak

Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Text Richard Leach
SATB, keyboard
Topics Holy Week
2' 15" Price $1.50 (U.S.)
Released 02/07
Catalog no. 405-410 Difficulty Mod. easy
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"Either Palm Sunday or Good Friday would be a suitable occasion for Alfred Fedak's Peter's Denial. This strophic setting of a poem by Richard Leach is quite easy; half of it in unison (twice through a mostly-stepwise melody), a more a2 with octave doublings, and the final page a four-part guise of the same tune. The grounding tune reminds me of old American folk melodies, though we are spared pseudo-Sacred Harp treatment of it here. As a reflection on Peter's Passiontide denial of his Master, and he might have said instead, the piece has something good to say, and it is well within the reach of small or even tiny forces." --AAM Journal, December 2007

In this work, a ballad-like text by Richard Leach tells the story of Peter's denial. Fedak's musical setting is hymn-like and ends dramatically with the choir alone. Both the choral and organ parts are easy and thus highly suitable for services during Holy Week when only subsets of the full choir might be available.

Here is what Peter
would not tell those around him:
"I was with Jesus, the one being tried;
Jesus, the one who has angered the rulers;
Jesus, about whom so many have lied."

"I am among those
who follow this Jesus;
Jesus, who faces accusers alone;
Jesus who says, 'You will see clouds of glory.'
Jesus, who speaks of a Son on a throne."

"Yes, I know Jesus,
whom Pilate will sentence;
Jesus, whose death will be that of a slave;
Jesus, rejected by temple and empire;
Jesus, who goes to a cross and a grave."

Tell the world round us
what Peter would not tell:
"Yes, I know Jesus, through conflict and cost." For it is yes to the joy that will follow;
joy that finds Peter! not leaving him lost.

--Richard Leach, 2001.
© 2001 Selah Publishing Co., Inc. All rights reserved.


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