Note on Lord help me

From the Composer

This psalm divides into two parts, with one part titled “work,” and the other “children.” This combination of concerns, not as far apart as one might think when reading the psalm, is reflected in the music. Both instruments are used—the only movement to do so. There’s a combination of standard choral writing and melodic lines that closely resemble Gregorian chant.

example: chant section in Lord help me from St. Stephen's Psalter

Even though the piece follows the narrative of the psalm, the opening “Lord help me” serves as an antiphon, punctuating the music from time to time.

example 1: Lord help me from St. Stephen's Psalter

I couldn’t resist the word-painting at “like the smallest drops of water;” having done it there, it was even harder to resist bringing the gesture back!

example 2: like the drips from Lord help me from St. Stephen's Psalter

-Robert Train Adams

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