A prayer for peace

Music: David Barton, Words: Scottish Psalter of 1650

Voicing: SAB & organ

Performance time approx: 3m 00s

Range S: d' – f'' / A: a – d'' / B: B♭ – c'

Price code: B


David Barton has created a serene and gradually strengthening setting of this prayer for peace. Over an arpeggiated organ accompaniment, a three part structure is built up piece by piece, each part repeating until all are present. Altos enter first, singing the Latin words. Sopranos bring in the English translation, and the men underpin and reinforce the upper voices in building up the warm three part texture at the end

The accompaniment can be played without much difficulty on the piano instead of the organ.

Dona nobis pacemgrant us peace
Pray that Jerusalem may have peace,
Peace and felicity:
Let them that love thee and thy peace
Have still prosperity.
Therefore I wish that peace may still,
Still within thy walls remain,
And ever may thy palaces
Prosperity retain.
Now, for my friends and brethren's sake,
Peace be in thee, I'll say,
And for the house of God our Lord
I'll seek thy good always.
Dona nobis pacem

Adapted from the Scottish Psalter of 1650

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A prayer for peace

David Barton

SAB & organ

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