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Motet Notes

John Harbison: "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled," from But Mary Stood

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled forms the third section of But Mary Stood, a piece for chorus and string orchestra commissioned by the Cantata Singers.  The text of this movement, which is for a capella choir, comes from Jesus’ farewell words to the disciples in the Book of John. In suggesting a mysterious bridge to the next world these words have offered consolation and hope to many including the requestor and dedicatee of the motet, Janet Penfield. 

© John Harbison