SATB, S solo, and organ. Text from Psalm 24, Genesis 1, Psalm 8, Psalm 50, and Matthew 10. A wonderful anthem of Creation and the natural world: great for stewardship-themed occasions!
Notes: A rhythmical anthem in rondo form for Harvest or other season celebrating creation. Make sure the rhythms are precise by making the singers speak the words before adding the notes. Then concentrate on the notes and expression in each section before putting the whole piece together. The words dictate a wealth of imaginative word painting and variety of articulation. Sections like pages 141-142 and 145-147 could be sung by a solo quartet to provide contrast and for ease of performance. Keep it lively and bright and the more reflective passages rhythmical but expressive.
The earth is the Lord's, and all that fills it, the compass of the world, and all who dwell therein. And God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good. All sheep and oxen, even the wild beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatosever moves in the paths of the sea. You have given man dominion over the works of your hands, and put all things under his feet. For all the beasts of the forests are mine; the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and the insect of the field is mine. Not one sparrow will fall to the ground, apart from the will of my Father: So do not be afraid, for you are worth more than many sparrows.