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Duration: 3-1/2 minutes

AUDISTIS QUIA DICTUM EST (2011)
Motet for 4 Mixed Choirs (16 voices) 
Commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director

Audistis quia dictum est was commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director, in celebration of their 25th anniversary season (2012-13). It is a setting of one of the most challenging and controversial passages in the New Testament, wherein Jesus says that we ought to respond to violence with non-violence.

Audistis quia dictum est:
Oculum pro oculo, et dentem pro dente. 
Ego autem dico vobis:
Non resistere ad malo, 
Sed si quis te percusserit in
dexteram maxillam tuam,
praebe illi et alteram.

                                      (Matthaeus 5:38-39)

You have heard what was said:
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you: do not resist evil,
if someone strikes you on
your right cheek,
turn and offer the other one.
                                     (Matthew 5:38-39)

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Recorded by
The New York Virtuoso Singers,
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor,
 on Soundbrush
SR 1027

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