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Dear Colleagues,
I seek the sources for the textst of Aaron Copland's FOUR MOTETS.  Can only find one - any one know where the rest come from?  I'd like to attribute.
thank you!
Amelia LeClair
on October 23, 2015 3:40pm
We did these a few years ago.  When I was doing my program note research, I discovered it appears he cobbled together different lines from different scripture texts.  Since these were written during his student days in Paris, it makes sense.
on October 24, 2015 8:22am
I researched this several years ago and arrived at this list:
Help Us, O Lord - Psalm 36:9, Joel 2:7, Lamentations 3:26
Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever - Lamentations 5:19-20
Have Mercy on Us, O My Lord doesn't quote Psalm 51 directly but seems inspired by it.
Sing Ye Praises to Our King uses fairly general phrases that could have come from or been suggested by many passages of Scripture, making it hard to say what the exact "biblical sources" (as the covers of the octavos say) might be.
Jim Davis
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