You Know Me (Psalm 139)
Kristina Arakelyan

Composer Kristina Arakelyan
Text Psalm 139
Voicing Two-part treble, kybd.
Topic Love (God's)
Lectionary Usage Epiphany 2B, Proper 4B, Proper 18C, Proper 11A
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Released 7/22
Cat. no. 410-838
Difficulty Mod. easy

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A setting of Psalm 139, this anthem for two-part treble voices unfolds its lyric melodies over flowing arpeggios in the piano. The two vocal parts sing both homophonically and in counterpoint. An excellent choice either for adult trebles or a strong children’s chorus.

Anthem text
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me,
you know when I sit and when I rise;
you have searched me and you know me,
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You are familiar with all my ways, Lord,
you know me completely,
where can I go from your Spirit,
where can I flee from your presence.
If I go up to the heavens,
if I make my bed in the depths,
you are there,
if I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,
even the darkness will shine like the day
for darkness is as light to you.
Even the darkness will not be dark to you
the night will shine like the day.



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Anna Lapwood and the Pembrooke College Girls Choir premiere recording


"Flowing keyboard arpeggios underlie a graceful, peregrine, unison melody line. The music is through composed, only repeating the initial tune as a rounding element at the end. The second-part harmony is entirely homophonic and not particularly challenging, making this an excellent choice for treble choirs of moderate ability. Wordless scalar passages conclude the anthem with a gentle finality." -AAM Journal, July/August 2023



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