Benedictus Dominus Deus
A Song of Zechariah
Composer Craig Phillips
Text Luke 1:68-79
Voicing SATB and organ
Church Season Advent
Topics Morning Prayer
Scripture reference Luke 1:68-79
Length 6' 00" Price $2.95 (U.S.) Released 6/00
Catalog no. 410-887 Difficulty Difficult
Discography A Festival Song: The Music of Craig Phillips (All Saints' Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, Calif., Tom Foster, cond.)
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"Finally there is Craig Phillips's glorious Benedictus, commissioned for the 2000 AGO National in Seattle. As we have come to expect from this rising star, the organ part is at least as fine as the superior voice parts. This is a major canticle setting of heroic proportion, worthy to stand among the best of the Anglican heritage: Stanford, Noble, Sowerby, Howells, Near, et al. It needs a choir, organ, and room capable of sustaining its ethos and the composer's integrity. While there are many moments of surpassing beauty, what moves me most is Dr. Phillips' ease with a work of such magnitude. My only regret is the politically correct version of the text used. . . In short, the text is most unfortunate, but the music--as I say-- is truly glorious." --AAM Journal, July/August 2001
Craig Phillip has clothed this canticle in a new and festive setting. Commissioned for the AGO's 2000 National Convention, this outstanding work features an animated organ accompaniment and is appropriate for morning prayer, Advent, or general use.
Blessed be the Sovereign God of Israel,
who has looked favorably on the people
and redeemed them.
God has raised up a mighty Savior,
a Savior for us in the house of God's servant David;
as God spoke through the mouth
of the holy prophets of old,
that we would be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus God has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered God's holy covenant,
the oath that God swore to our ancestor Abraham,
to grant us that we, being rescued
from the hands of our enemies,
might serve God without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before God all our days.
And you, child, will be called
the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before God to prepare God's ways;
to give knownledge of salvation to the people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in night
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever, Amen.