Sine paenitentia

Cortlandt Matthews

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Vocal Forces: SATB divisi, Soprano Solo, Tenor Solo

Accompaniment: Reduction

Text Source: Romans 11:29, Latin Vulgate

Series: Evoking Sound, Evoking Sound

Difficulty Level: M


I composed this setting in my last weeks of study at Westminster Choir College. The Latin text (Sine paenitentia enim sunt dona et vocatio Dei) translates roughly to “Truly, without regret are the gifts and callings of God.” This piece serves not only as an outward affirmation for all to embrace and use their God-given talents, but also as an inward mantra for myself, as I move into an uncertain period in my life after completing my undergraduate studies. Many of the colors and textures found within this piece were influenced by my experience singing with the Westminster Williamson Voices for two years. While the “sine paenitentia” text may allow shades of doubt to creep in, all uncertainty and fear is dispelled upon singing “sunt dona et vocatio Dei.” —Cortlandt Matthews

Here is an amazing performance by The Westminster Williamson Voices at the Choral Insititute at Oxford. Ryan Manni, Conductor

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Liturgical: OT 20 A

Rites: Graduation, Religious Profession

Topical: Mission, Vocation

Bible Reference: Romans 11:29

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English; Latin

Format: Octavo

Discipline: Choir