Listen and pray along with the ancient sacred text
“O Adonai” from the album O Emmanuel
The second movement of O Emmanuel, ‘Adonai’, begins with the original Gregorian chant melody, but immediately changes direction toward a repeating pattern in the viola and piano. From here, the music slowly ascends in pitch and intensity before reaching a climactic moment followed by a quick descent. I wanted the music to evoke Moses’s journey up and down the mountain when he encountered the burning bush. When we know we are going to meet God, we often drag our feet so as to avoid the confrontation within ourselves, only to realize that once we arrive, God welcomes us and fills us with inspiration.
O Adonai, et dux domus Israël,
qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
O sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,
who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:
come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.
To learn more about the music and purchase the album visit OEmmanuel.com.
JJ Wright for Cecilia Music
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