I wrote Forsaken, a setting of psalm 22, as part of my residency at Downtown Presbyterian Church here in Nashville and we performed it yesterday for Palm Sunday. For years the devastating poetry of the words have taken my breath away, and the work of setting them has affected my deeply.
The soloists are Emlyn O’Regan and Alyson Haley. The choir is the Downtown Presbyterian Church Adult Choir, with organ and musical direction by Dr William Taylor. These wonderful people have given very generously of their time and expertise so I have been able to craft the work around their instruments.
I’m going to come back to this with fresh ears, heart and mind in a few months before I revise and then release the sheet music, but I’ll get that out in plenty of time for next Easter.