A paraphrase of Psalm 51, Miserere mei by Henry Purcell is set as a very brief double canon. While there are four vocal parts, the treble voices are doubled, staggering their melodic entrances with that of the tenor and bass. It’s a rigid structure. But the result is the opposite, something painfully beautiful – a heartfelt plea, as if mercy is the only thing standing in between the us and death.
© Ryan Turner