Required Resources: SATB choir, organ
Here we have a "big" anthem in glorious English cathedral style (think "With A Voice of Singing" by Martin Shaw).
Australian composer Colin Brumby has given us a very useful setting of Psalm 26 that a good parish choir can easily handle.
This piece has optional solos for bass and tenor, and a soprano/alto duet dividing sections of generally homophonic choral texture.
A small fughetta on the text, "My foot stands on an even path," leads to the chords which end the work on a refreshing and surprising A Major cadence in an otherwise C Major key.
Text from Psalm 26 includes:
SATB: Give judgment for me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity:
I have trusted in the Lord and not wavered.
bass solo: Put me to the test, O Lord, and prove me:
try my mind and my heart.
SATB: For your steadfast love has been ever before my eyes:
and I have walked in your truth.
soprano/alto duet: I wash my hands in innocence, O Lord:
that I may go about your altar.
SATB: And lift up the voice of thanksgiving:
to tell of your marvelous works.
tenor solo: Lord, I love the house of your habitation:
and the place where your glory dwells.
SATB: My foot stand on an even path:
I will bless the Lord in the great congregation.
A good organ accompaniment and solid vocal writing make this piece a winner in your repertoire!