Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

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Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

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for SATB choir, tenor solo, and organ (version for SATB choir, tenor solo, string quartet, and piano available)

 

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree was commissioned by Steven A. Newberry and the Music Ministry of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX, and was premiered by the St. John the Divine Chorale, Steven A. Newberry conducting, in December of 2012. The string excerpt above is from a performance in Houston, TX, in the Spring of 2013.

The text of Jesus Christ the Apple Tree is strangely beautiful, and this setting reflects its depiction of its peace and fulfillment. Most settings of this poem utilize only five of the seven written verses, while this adds in a sixth, beginning "This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, / it cheers my heart like spirit'l wine".

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