Duration: 3'00" |
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
The traditional text expresses an intense entreaty, seeking a sure sign of the Lord's coming to the succour of an oppressed people. In this short Advent motet, the quiet opening gradually rises in a crescendo of three brief but increasingly powerful fanfares of anticipation, each exclamation punctuated by a moment of silence. This dramatic urgency then gives way to a child-like plea - a prayer for a long-awaited liberation.