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Attende Domine, misericordiam tuam

For choir a cappella

“Lord, remember to have mercy on us” (2009)

This year, Koreans are celebrating the 160th anniversary of the ordination of the esteemed Yang-Eop Choe, who was Korea’s second Catholic priest. I took this opportunity to compose a choir piece in honor of his memory.

he lyrics are based on excerpts from Father Choe’s letters, which he used to write in Latin. The second part of the piece will be performed as a canon, with the choir following the lead singer. I chose this form on purpose; to me, it mirrors the way Father Choe used to share his prayers with the world. They were passed on from one prayer circle to the next, thus creating a large, ever-growing community.


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