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Composition Spotlight: Miserere mei Deus

(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Miserere mei Deus by Joy DeCoursey-Porter for SATB (some divisi) and piano
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Level: Average Larger Church Choir
Uses: Lent, Holy Week
Program Themes: Mercy, Renewal
This Piece Would Program Well With: Abba by Craig Courtney available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus
Are you still looking for a piece for Holy Week or the last weeks of Lent?  With an emotional hint of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata mixed with Bach’s Well Tempered Klavier, the simple accompaniment allows Miserere mei Deus to grow expressively from beginning to end.  The text is beautiful, reflective and well set.   Whether performed for a worshiping congregation or a concert audience your target listeners will feel the gently growing power of this exquisite piece.
Miserere mei Deus is available from the composer: joyfulporter(at)