Use: General, Liturgical
Required Resources: SATB choir
Vespers [Evening Prayer] begins with the Versicle/Response: "God, come to my assistance / Lord, make haste to help me."
The Latin for this is: Deus in adjutorium meum intende / Domine ad adjuvandum me festina.
The Doxology ("Gloria Patri …") and Alleluia follow this.
This piece is a setting of this Latin text.
Those familiar with the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 will recognize the tenor incipit that begins both works, sung mostly on a reciting tone, with only two small deviations.
Colin Brumby follows this with a sturdy, homophonic setting of the response and doxology.
The work concludes with slightly melismatic "Alleluias," which can easily be omitted during Lent.
This piece would make a fine opening for Solemn Vespers or can be used as a choral fanfare or introit at any time.