Symbolum Apostolorum

Published by Hunter Gregory

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Program notes: The “Apostle’s Creed” is an ancient text that has been recited by Christians for over a thousand years. It contains many basic tenets of the Christian faith and has played a role in unifying the religion as a whole. I chose the Latin setting as a reminder of the historical significance of the text and also to allude to centuries of rich church history, during which this creed has remained a constant base for Christian agreement. The meter is free in order to match the text’s traditional liturgical style, and much of the chord structure and melody were determined by my impression of the text and the feelings it evokes. Translation: I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Performed by students of Houghton College #audio #choir #satb #houghtoncollege #acapella #contemporary #composition

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