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I Pray Tonight

for unison voices (or soloist), SA and SATB choirs, piano

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  5m 30s

Year:  2021
Duration:  5m 30s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton


This piece was written to close a concert by Whangarei Choral Society in August 2021, conducted by the composer. The text is by American poet Michael R Burch, whose poetry I discovered in late 2020, and immediately felt drawn to.
The text is a prayer of comfort, and the three short verses are broken up by a traditional Maori proverb (whakatauki) sung both in Maori and in English. The concert included two youth choirs, and each had a small but significant contribution to make. The work culminates in all three choirs singing together.

The score is available from the composer (contact

Text note

Text by Michael R Burch