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SATB with Piano
A new work to be composed by Jonny Priano
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 4 minutes

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This dramatic setting of Psalm 13 will be appropriate for church choirs and school choirs alike! It will challenge singers by using intervals that are good for ear training, but will not contain divisi so that choirs of all sizes can perform it with a full sound. The piece will contain dissonances that are easily attainable through thoughtful voice leading and create a complex-sounding product that is easy to sing. I hope that you will consider this project and I believe that your singers will love the final product!


How long, Lord?
Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts,
And day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
And my enemy shall say “I have overcome him,”
And my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
My heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

About Jonny Priano

Jonny is a high school choral director and composer based in Western Pennsylvania. He is the Composer-in-Residence for the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers and several of his published pieces have been given the distinction of J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice. He loves the commissioning process because it allows him to form connections with choirs around the country through a work that fits the unique needs and preferences of each group.