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If Thou Wilt Be Perfect (2018)

for SATB choir | 00:04:30

by Melissa Dunphy

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This work is awaiting publication by EC Schirmer and will be available through them in 2020.

If Thou Wilt Be Perfect was commissioned by St. Peter’s Choir, St. Louis, Missouri, David Sinden, Conductor. The premiere performance took place on October 14, 2018, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s 150th Anniversary Festival Eucharist.

If Thou Wilt Be Perfect is an anthem that uses as its central text one of the Gospel’s best-known, yet least commonly sung, verses: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

If thou wilt be perfect,
go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
and come follow me.
Amen, I say to you,
that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say to you:
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle,
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And every one that hath left riches for my name's sake,
shall receive a hundred times as much,
and life everlasting.
Many that are first, shall be last:
and the last shall be first.

Adapted from Matthew, Chapter 19, verses 21-30
(Douay-Rheims Bible, 1899)


Performances

  • 02 Jun, 2019: St. Peter's Choir at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO
  • 14 Oct, 2018: St. Peter's Choir at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO