And Make Me New
Randall Giles has provided a challenging, yet moving setting of this John Donne text of repentance and hope. The choral parts move from a forceful unison to an elegant polyphony with a special emphasis on the clarity of the word-setting. The organ part discreetly supports the voices while contributing its own voice in the florid interludes. The writing in the middle vocal range contributes to the consolation and hope of the words. This piece provides a satisfying challenge for sensitive interpretation and expression of the contemplative text.