“You caused the land to quake. You have shown your people harshness; You have given those who fear You trials with which to be tested, in order to beautify Your behaviour forever”.
Words of desolation, hurt and bewilderment inspire music of sublime beauty from Penderecki (his unearthly Song of Cherubim), Per Nørgård, John Blow, Luca Marenzio, Lebanese composer Zad Moultaka together with traditional Arabic, Armenian and Gaelic chant.
Arabic traditional chant / Norwegian shepherds’ song, psalm 44
John Blow (1649–1708), psalm 74, O God, wherefore art thou absent
Jacquet de Mantua (1483–1559), psalm 77, In die tribulationes
Gaelic chant from the Isle of Lewis, psalm 79
Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933), psalm 80, Song of Cherubim
Armenian-Orthodox chant, psalm 83
Oliver Brownson (1746–1815), psalm 89, Bedford (arr. Grete Pedersen)
Per Nørgård (b. 1932), psalm 28, Ad te Domine clamabo
Otto Olsson (1879–1964), psalm 120
Luca Marenzio (1553/54–1599), psalm 137, Super flumina Babylonis
Johann Schein (1583–1630), Norwegian Evening Hymn, psalm 115, Der Herr denket an uns / Ned i vester soli glader
Event additional information
Graziers Robbie and Anna survey the rotting carcasses of their cattle who suffered from hypothermia after flooding rains and freezing winds lashed their property east of Julia Creek, three hours east of Mount Isa.