Lift Up Your Heads
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Psalm 24:7-10
Voicing SATB, organ
Lectionary usage Advent, Presentation ABC, All Saints B, Palm Sunday
Topic King (God as0
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 3' 30" Released 1/2020
Catalog no. 410-827
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Familiar words from Psalm 24 are set joyfully by David Ashley White in this anthem. Declamatory choral lines ride over an energetic organ accompaniment, leading to a big conclusion. Though traditionally appointed for Advent, this scripture has resonance at other times in the church year

Lift up your heads, O ye gates,
and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
Even lift them up ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Psalm 24:7-10 (K.J.V.)


"David Ashley White's exuberant setting of Psalm 24: 7-10 in the Authorized (King James) translation bears the hallmarks of his compositional voice: adventurous harmonic twists within a stable tonal landscape, bold and memorable melodic lines, and idiomatic writing for voices and organ alike. Strong hemiola figures add to the resolute quality of the music, while the energetic accompaniment propels the voices forward in their homophonic declamation. Although the short anthem is focused around C major, White incorporates unrelated harmonies from fairly distant keys. Twice, at the words "and the King of glory shall come in," E major harmony in the organ clashes with the E minor arpeggio in the vocal line. All these unusual touches are handled with skill and grow organically out of the music. They never sound clumsy, contrived, or awkward. Even with these touches of extended tonality, the anthem is of only medium difficulty. Written in four parts throughout, the anthem would work well as a Palm Sunday offering for choirs of all sizes and skill levels." --AAM Journal, April 2022


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