Composition Spotlight: "They That Sow in Tears"
Date: August 17, 2014
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet. This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
They that sow in tears by M. Susan Brown for SATB divisi a cappella (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: High School Advanced
Uses: Concert or Funeral
Program Themes: Consolation, Joy, Grief
This Piece Would Program Well With: Precious Lord, Take My Hand arr. Ringwald available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus
In just two verses of Psalm 126 M. Susan Brown invokes strong emotions in this powerful work. They that sow in tears would comfort those in grief or delight a concert audience. There is a lot of repetition which adds to its usefulness as a meditation. A returning rhythmic motif alternating eighth note triplets and quarter note triplets ties the work together. I give this piece my highest recommendation.