David Fisher - Domine, non est

Domine, non est


SATB a cappella with optional S & Bar soli

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David Fisher - Domine, non est

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Dedicated “to my dear Mother” for Mothering Sunday 1967. First performed by Kingfisher Chorale 1st November 2001.

This work is the earliest work I recognise from my output and this is probably because the sessions with Dr George Gray were having an effect on my textures and suspensions. I was 14 at the time when this was written for Mothering Sunday 1967 [5th March], yet it was not until my mother’s memorial service that the work was performed for the first time by Kingfisher Chorale in Castle Donington Methodist Church on 1st November 2001. A second performance took place at St James the Greater Church on 30th November 2002 at “Fisher at Fifty” and another performance was on 12th October 2013 as part of the Leicester Cathedral Legacy Concert. The most recent performance was dedicated to the memory of Bob King who died in September 2013 aged 90. The baritone solo in this anthem was written with the voice of Dr. Robert [Bob] King* in mind, and he was certainly one of the finest soloists in Leicester Cathedral Choir when I was a chorister. 

The Latin "Domine, non est" [from Psalm 131] is set in English as "Lord, I am not highminded".

Psalm 131. Domine, non est:
Lord, I am not high-minded, I have no proud looks. I do not exercise myself in great matters which are too high for me. But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: yea, my soul is even as a weaned child. O Israel, trust in the Lord from this time forth for evermore.


KING Dr. Robert Joseph (Bob) (Former Curator of Geology at Leicester University and former Chorister at Leicester Cathedral) Passed peacefully away at home in Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham on 25th September 2013 aged 90 years.


In the photographs below, David Fisher is pictured around the time of the composition of this piece and his mother´s pictures are taken from her Memorial Order of Service on 1st November 2001.

David Fisher - Domine, non est

David Fisher - Domine, non est