"David's Lamentation" is a work for four-part chorus by William Billings. Written in 1778, it sets a text drawn from the story of King David's response to the slaying of his rebellious son Absalom. First published in Billing's Singing Master's Assistant, the song was included in the Sacred Harp, spreading Billings' music beyond his native New England into the American South.
The Virginia Glee Club first performed "David's Lamentation" jointly with the Goucher College Glee Club in 1955. They performed it during the Glee Club 1992-1993 season as part of a set of alternate settings of the text, including Josquin Des Pres's "Absalon, Fili Mi," Thomas Tomkins's "When David Heard," and a commissioned setting of "When David Heard" by Benjamin Broening. It is included on the 1993 recording Music for a Noble Acoustic. The Glee Club's performance, directed by John Liepold, recasts the SATB harmony as TTBB close harmony, with the soprano and alto parts sung an octave down.
Performances[edit | edit source]
- Concert at Goucher (1955) (with the Goucher College Glee Club)
- Kickoff Concert (1992)
- Concert at River Road Baptist Church (1993)
- Spring Concert (1993)
- Finals Concert (1993)
Recordings[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "William Billings (1746-1800), Father of American Choral Music". American Music Preservation. http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/billings.htm. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
- Hamilton, John (August 2005). ""When David Heard": Three Settings" (PDF). http://www.calstatela.edu/sites/default/files/centers/Wagner/documents/Hamilton2005.pdf. Retrieved 2014-07-26.