This setting of Psalm 96 was commissioned by the saxophonist Christian Forshaw. It makes use of the lines of the original Gregorian plainsong for the psalm and the haunting sound of the baritone saxophone and organ create an atmosphere of England’s distant monastic past. Writing this, I kept in mind the images of the great religious foundations destroyed during the Reformation, particularly Fountains and Rievaulx Abbeys.
benedicite nomini eius:
annunciate diem de die salutare ius.
Sing unto the Lord,
and praise his name:
be telling of his salvation from day to day.
Words: from Psalm 96 (The Book of Common Prayer)