Title
Four Motets
For
unaccompanied mixed chorus (SATB)
Alternate Titles
  • Motets (Alternate/Synonymous)
  • Quatre Motets (Alternate/Synonymous)
Year Composed
1921
ARCO Number(s)
4
Category
Choral
Duration
13'
Text Information
Bible
Songs
  • 1. Help Us, O Lord
  • 2. Thou, O Jehovah, abideth forever
  • 3. Have Mercy on Us, O My Lord
  • 4. Sing Ye Praises to Our King
Premiere
  • World: Fontainebleau, October 15th, 1924 (Paris-American-Gargenville Chorus, cond. Melville Smith)
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes

Program Note

Nadia Boulanger required her pupils to learn to compose traditional forms, among them the motet. Written under her instruction, Copland's motets make use of biblical texts for an a capella chorus of mixed voices. He wrote, "I think of these as student pieces that show some influence of Moussorgsky, whom I admired. I agreed to their publication with mixed emotions. While they have a certain curiosity value — perhaps people want to know what I was doing as a student — the style is not yet really mine."

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998