Instrumentation: SSA Chorus
Duration: 4:00
Commission: New York Treble Chorus
Premiere: 1/18/04
New York Treble Singers, Virginia Davidson, Conductor
Saint Peters Church, New York, NY

Program Note:
Amulet is a setting of the poem of that name by the distinguished poet Barbara Goldberg. The poem, included below,  powerfully implores God to spare us from our weaknesses, and to grant us more time on this earth. Commissioned and premiered by the New York Treble Singers, Amulet was composed during a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. I am grateful to the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the composer fellowship that sponsored this residency, and to the wonderful VCCA. –JS

By Barbara Goldberg © 2003

May the Lord of Death
Pass over our house
May the Lord of envy
Not curdle our whey
May the Lord of greed
Release us from craving
May the great Lord of time
Grant us a stay.

Press Quote:

Amulet (poem by Barbara Goldberg and music by Judith Shatin) was an a cappella selection with delicious tight harmonies and sung with care….” –Ken Hoover, CVNC, An Onlines Arts Journal in North Carolina

“….The poem alludes to Passover and lays out a plea to escape from the evils of greed and envy. The WVC Chamber Choir sang this richly harmonized and abundantly meaningful piece of music with passion…’  –Ken Hoover, Choral Music Review, Online Arts Journal

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