Note on O God, sometimes I feel abandoned

From the Composer

The first half of the psalm is a lament: I feel abandoned, I feel my age, I go through the motions, and I’ve misplaced God.  The baritone and soprano soloists, usually in duet, alternate with the chorus, at times with the narrative, at other times with commentary on the chorus’s narrative.

example 1: O God, sometimes I feel abandoned

About halfway through, the character changes, becoming more positive, a psalm of thanksgiving for God’s presence and grace. The music takes on a decidedly bluesy cast, with a 12/8 feel against the singers’ largely duple feeling. Or is this section more Gospel than blues?

example 2: O God, sometimes I feel abandoned

The opening theme returns briefly to support the text “you were always there.”

example 3: O God, sometimes I feel abandoned

-Robert Train Adams

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