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Feb. 10, 2019: “They cast their nets,” setting by David Boelzner

Today’s Music: This morning we reprise “They cast their nets,” one of the earliest anthems I composed for our choir. I was motivated to write it by a conviction that the previous setting of the text we had been singing was singularly inappropriate: a pleasant tune in a major key, apparently suggested by the pastoral opening line. The remainder of the text is quite dark, referring to unhappy fate of the apostles and the peace that “is no peace, but strife closed in the sod.” Thus my setting is predominantly in a minor key. It is in 5/8 meter, with a 2+3 or 3+2 rhythmic feel, reflecting my visualization of a boat rocking unevenly as the waves swell and recede. David Boelzner