Nader My God By U
TTBBB, 3’25”, co-adapted with Justin Goh
Based on Lowell Mason and James Stevens’s rendition of the 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, this piece is famously known as the alleged last song played by the string ensemble on RMS Titanic before the ship sank. The piece encapsulates the idea that in death, a ladder will descend from the heavens to lead one to God. It climaxes with a key augmentation and thrilling high notes, akin to men’s ascension to meet God in the afterlife no matter the depths one may sink to.
This Afrikaans adaption is prepared for the Victoria Chorale, for the 2017 Manado Cantat International Choral Festival.