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Praise the Spirit: Sacred Music of David Ashley White/Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Praise the Spirit - Music by David Ashley White - Palmer Church


 
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Praise the Spirit: Sacred Music of David Ashley White
Alan Austin, violin
Martha Chapman, violin (track 3 only)
Brady Knapp, baritone
Garrett Martin, trumpet
Patty Moeling, flute
Sarah Oldrin, soprano (track 22 only)
Johanna Peske, oboe
Celeste Proffitt, percussion
Laurie Robertson, soprano
Mitzi Storey, recorder
Brian Vogel, percussion
David Ashley White, keyboard (track 1 only)
Laura Witt, harp
The Choir of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, TX
Brady Knapp & Courtney Daniell-Knapp, directors
David Ashley White is one of the most popular composers in the Episcopal Church today. From anthems to hymns, this recording offers a variety of music and texts. The Choir of Palmer Church has long been associated with White's music, and gives the program a polished performance in a reverberant setting. Recorded by the legendary John Proffitt.

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Spirit, moving over chaos (Hymn: "Praise the Spirit")
Comfort, comfort, ye my people
The Apple Tree
Adam lay ybounden
Conceived in the autumn (Hymn: "Janet")
The Kingdom of Love
Come all my partners in distress (Hymn: "Wilma")
Are you weary of your burden (Hymn: "Wales")
God is One (Hymn: "Proffitt")
Love came down at Christmas
Sweet was the song
Alleluia, song of gladness
True Anointed One
No More a Stranger or a Guest
Memento, Domino
As the Father Has Loved Me
O hilarious light
So the day dawn (Hymn: "Wildridge, St. Charles")
Our holy tribute, this
A Fanfare for St. Anthony (organ solo)
Bread of heaven
O taste and see
Come, pure hearts
O Love divine
God so loved the world
Into the woods my Master went
King of glory, King of peace
Program Notes
Like the works of many composers, my compositions run the gamut from instrumental music to art songs and choral pieces. However, working with words has always given me the greatest pleasure. Praise the Spirit, with its title taken from Patricia B. Clark’s wonderful creation hymn, well reflects how various kinds of poetry can inspire the "making" of music. The texts I have set range from the ancient—Psalms of David and a hymn by Clement of Alexandria, first century—to some of the best hymns by today’s active writers. The choir and congregation of Palmer Church have sung my music for 30 years. Over time, I have composed a number of works especially for Palmer, including three works heard on this recording, "Adam lay ybounden"; "Memento, Domine"; and "O Taste, and See." (The latter two were composed for the choir’s trip to East Anglia in 2004.) Of the remaining anthems and motets, practically all were commissioned or composed for a particular group or purpose. "True Anointed One" was commissioned for the 1987 Mid-Winter Region VII conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians; "God So Loved the World," to honor John and Leona Schaefer and the Choir of Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO; "Our Holy Tribute, This," commissioned in 1995 to celebrate the reopening of the nave of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston; and "No More a Stranger or a Guest," to honor the staff of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy. The hymns included here come from my three hymn collections, all published by Selah Publishing Co.: Sing, My Soul (1996); Songs for a New Creation (2002); and New Harmony: A Harp of Thousand Strings (2006), a collaboration with hymn poet Richard Leach. These books represent a significant portion of my output since 1981, when I first began composing hymns.
—David Ashley White
† indicates works commissioned by Palmer Memorial Church



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