Opening imploration in the tenor in a chant-like character is bringing the appeal to God, presented by a choir of people. When the second section comes, the procession initiates. The eternal solemn ritual imploring for washing away one’s sins has begun with no vision of becoming pure and sinless. Yet mercy and love prevail as the hopes for being forgiven. Both by God and people whom we have wronged.
Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.
Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.
Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper
Recording from the New York premiere at the St. Paul’s Episcopical Church in Brooklyn.
Conductor: Matt Oltman
Choir: Choral Chameleon
Choir Director: Vince Peterson