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Religious themes: Book of Job

Thanks so much for your many recommendations of choral settings of the Book
of Job. This group has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and expertise.
More suggestions are most welcome! Here's a compilation:

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The voice out of the Whirwind
William Boyce: O where shall wisdom be found


Alonso Lobo: Versa est in luctum
(My harp also is turned to mourning, Job 30:31)

Jaako Mäntyjärvi
Helsinki, Finland


I'm sure many people will respond with Brahms's Warum ist das Licht gegeben,
a wonderful but difficult work. There is also a setting by Bergsma, with

Good luck!
Mark Shapiro
Cantori New York, Monmouth Civic Chorus, Mannes College of Music


Job 1.21 (part) Schütz: Exequien
Job 3 Pinkham: A curse, a lament, and a vision (#1)
Job 3.20-23 (part) Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben
Job 7.16 Mendelssohn: Elijah (aria: It is enough) (part)
Job 10.15 Mendelssohn: Elijah (recit: What have I to do with thee)
Job 10.8, 15 Schein: Ach wie träg ist mein Gemüt
Job 14.7,14 Berger: If a man die
Job 14.1-2 Bach: (based on) C #26 Ach wie flüchtig
Job 14.1-2 Bach, J. C.: Der Mensch, vom Weibe Gemüt
Job 14.1-2 Byrd: Cunctis diebus/Throughout the long days
Job 14.1-2 Lidholm: Laudi (#1)
Job 14.1-2 Purcell: Man that is born of a woman
Job 14.1-2 Wesley: Man that is born of a woman
Job 14.7-9, Ps. 57.8-11 Beck, John Ness: Song of Hope
Job 19.25-26 Handel: Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth
Job 19.25-26 (part) Schütz Exequien
Job 19.25-27 Bach, J. M.: I know that my Redeemer lives
Job 19.25-27 Lassus: Scio enim quod redemptor
Job 19.25-27 Schütz: Ich weiss dass mein Erlöser lebt
Job 23.3 Mendelssohn: Elijah (aria: If with all your hearts)
Job 23.3,8-9 Bennett, W.S.: O that I knew where I might find him!
Job 28.12,13,14,23,28 Boyce, William: O where shall wisdom be found?

Rodney A. Wynkoop

Director of University Choral Music
Duke University


Where shall wisdom be found?

Oxford University Press publishes settings by Peter Aston and Andrew Carter.
If you would like complimentary inspection copies, please send us your
mailing address.

Brian Hill
Manager, Copyrights and Permissions
Music Department
Oxford University Press


Don't forget the wonderful, strange cycles by Lasso, edited by Peter
Bergquist and published by A-R Editions in 1983 as "Two Motet Cycles for
Matins for the Dead." The texts are all from the book of Job. Very cool
stuff, almost never done.

Jonathan Miller
Founding and Artistic Director
Chicago a cappella


There are a couple of extended Renaissance settings of Job's Lamentations
(de Lasso?), though they might be hard to find and work up.

Dan Ratelle


I am currently writing a new musical, based on the story of Job, but in a
modern, urbanish setting. The show is called "Why? God."

As part of the show, I have written two songs that you may have interest in.
"We are Empowered, We are Strong," is a gospel song for soloist and choir,
and basically has the message of continuing to believe that God has a plan
in the midst of trials. It has an old-time gospelly feel to it. "No Words"
is a solo ballad of despair ... "Where do you go, when everywhere is gone
... etc"

Karlan Judd


I have a friend who is one of South Africa's foremost composers, Niel van
der Watt. He composed a cycle of Job texts for my choir a while back.
According to me, jewels! If you would like to have more information, please
let me know.

Johann van der Sandt
Conductor: University of Pretoria Camerata
South Africa


Thanks again,
Allison Fromm Entrekin

on August 5, 2009 10:23pm
Randall Thompson's The Morning Stars is a wonderful SATB setting (with minimal piano) of Job 38:1-7. It is publihed on demand from ECS Publishing, No. 4359, I believe.