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  • Virga Jesse Floruit4:30


Special Thanks to reSound, a Northwest Chamber under the direction of Stephen Marshall-Ward, and in residence at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, for the premiere of this work.
The traditional medieval text from the Liber Usualis, a 1900-page book of commonly used Gregorian chants in the Catholic tradition, is based on the Messianic prophesy found in the book of Isaiah, chapter 11.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  —Isaiah 11:1
The biblical text continues with, “the wolf will dwell with the lamb…and a little child shall lead them,” though the Liber text omits these images, but states instead, “God hath given back peace to man, reconciling the lowest with the highest to Himself.”
The text establishes Jesus’ place in the lineage of the King of the Israelites, David, the son of Jesse.
It might be interesting to know that the name Jesse means “God exists,” or, “God’s Gift.”

Written for reSound - a Northwest Chamber Ensemble under the Direction of Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward, and In-Residence at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Washington.

Stephen Marshall-Ward is a colleague and a dear friend with whom I share the honor of teaching at Trinity Lutheran College.  He and the singers of reSound, have been invaluable to me as I’ve begun composing in earnest.  This piece has been written for them to thank each one for all they have done for me.

 Virga Jesse Floruit

   for SATB (Div.) a cappella

   Awaiting publication by Oxford University Press. 

   Scheduled for release in Fall 2018. 

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  Michael Austin Miller

Writer, Composer, Conductor, Church Musician, Educator