Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars

by Jonathan Dove

double SATB choir and organ
Mixed Voices
Amos 5:8; Psalm 139
Commissioned for the Annual Service of the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts
First Performance
FP: 13.12.2013, BBC Radio 3: BBC Singers, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Ben Parry

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Programme Notes

Seek him that Maketh the Seven Stars Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion And turneth the shadow of death into the morning. (Amos 5:8) Alleluia, yea, the darkness shineth as the day, the night is light about me. (Psalm 139) The theme of light, and star-light in particular, is an endless source of inspiration for composers. I came across these words about light and stars while looking for a text to set as an anthem for the Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Service for Artists: I thought these images would have a special meaning for visual artists. The anthem begins with a musical image of the night sky, a repeated organ motif of twinkling stars that sets the choir wondering who made them. The refrain ‘Seek him’ starts in devotional longing but is eventually released into a joyful dance, finally coming to rest in serenity. Seek Him was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts and first performed at St. James’ Piccadilly in May 1995. Jonathan Dove

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