Lamb of God

Paul Bouman
Catalogue #
t1p 005
unaccompanied SATB
Page count
190.5mm x 270mm
Publication date
October 21, 2014

This setting of the Agnus Dei text is comprised in three sections–all fashioned from the tune Christe, du Lamm Gottes. The work begins with a more ornate melody with lush harmonies. As each verse continues, the melody becomes less ornate–ending with an emotional “grant us peace” and a series of exquisite Amens.

easy to moderate

Paul Bouman writes with great instinct and imagination for the voice, and each time I encounter a new choral work of his I am more convinced of this reality. Bouman’s latest publication, Lamb of God, takes as its melodic material an early 16th century tune of Martin Luther’s, and expands its boundaries, both harmonically, rhythmically, and atmospherically, creating a very satisfying and evocative palette of sound. The concluding Amen with its ascending figurations feels like a heavenward prayer, with the final cadence lending just the right tone of humility to the plea for peace. I look forward to sharing this beautiful new choral work with my singers.

Paul French
Music Director
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Chicago, IL