"With restless and ungovern’d rage/why do the heathen storm?”, asks Thomas Arne (the composer of God Save the Queen) at the start of this concert which proves that threatening your Godless enemies with annihilation is a far from new diplomatic ploy. Polyphony from Byrd, Praetorius and de Wert, Wagnerian strains from Felix Draeske and James MacMillan’s hauntingly beautiful A New Song written in 1997.
Thomas Arne (1710–1778), psalm 2, Arlington
Francisco Valls (1665–1747), psalm 45, Dilexisti justitiam
William Knight (b.1987), psalm 21 (Australian premiere)
Giaches de Wert (1535–1596), psalm 72, Reges Tharsis et insulae
Felix Draeseke(1835–1913), psalm 93, Der Herr ist König
William Byrd (c. 1543–1623), psalm 94, Domine secundum multitudinem
Michael Praetorius (1571–1621), psalm 95, Venite exsultemus Domino
James MacMillan (b.1959), psalm 96, A new song
Johann Heinrich Rolle (1716–1785), psalm 97, Der Herr ist König
Damiano Scarabelli (?–1598), psalm 98, Jubilate Deo
William Boyce (1711–1779), psalm 99, The Lord is King, be the people never so impatient
Robert White (1538–1574), psalm 20, Exaudiat te Dominus
Event additional information
To commemorate 20 years since St Kilda’s Nicky Winmar took a stance against racism in the AFL, Adam Goodes, one of the greatest Indigenous players of the game, re-enacts the moment ahead of the AFL Indigenous Round.