Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus,” The Cambridge Singers

As a hart longs for the flowing streams,
so longs my soul for thee, O God.

-Psalm 42:1

Palestrina’s motet, Sicut cervus, is a setting of this poetic text. Serene and sensuous, its four-voice Renaissance polyphony evokes the flowing water that promises to satisfy the thirsty deer. Its expansive, continuously aspiring lines suggest a deep sense of longing and lament.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594) composed six books of motets, along with other liturgical music and nearly 100 madrigals. Sicut cervus was published posthumously in Venice in 1604.

This 2009 recording features the Cambridge Singers, led by John Rutter:


  • Palestrina: Sicut cervus, John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers Amazon

Featured Image: King’s College Chapel, Cambridge 

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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