De profundis

About this work

Dedicated to Gottfried von Einem, this 1980 work for four male voices, organ and percussion is a setting of Psalm 130:

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee,

O Lord…If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities,

O Lord, who shall stand?

Suitably, the music begins in the lower register of the voices, gradually growing in intensity, only to diminish towards the end. The organ provides a very slow ostinato pattern in its deep register.