for four-part mixed chorus
Instrumentation: SATB choir
De profundis is made up of a collection of verses from the Seven Penitential Psalms. The verses were chosen and assembled to reflect the tone, intention, and narrative structure of the psalms, and the resulting piece serves as an impression of the text rather than a setting of the psalms themselves. Throughout most of the piece, four different verses are sung simultaneously by the four sections of the ensemble. It is not until the end that all sections join together and sing "Gloria Patri."