About Each Anthem

Set Me Like A Seal
“Set Me Like a Seal” is dedicated to my mother, Debbie Gaffney, who died in 2015 at the age of 56 from cancer. The text very much spoke to me during that difficult time. The piece is somewhat polyphonic and while it should sound warm and gentle, the entrances of each part should be confident and slightly accented. Rubato may be used throughout. I was influenced by Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “O Taste and See” when composing this piece. Specifically it’s form and the beauty that can arise from a short, well composed anthem.

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