Video courtesy of the Lipscomb Academy Concert Chorus
EGO SUM (“I AM”)
Composed by Amy Tate Williams
Dedicated to Lipscomb Academy Concert Choir
The Bible is an infinite source of inspiration for me as a composer. While I have
penned my own lyrics through the years, I much prefer to set the living
word of scripture to music. I am increasingly drawn to the many names of
God as He defines Himself in both the Old and New Testaments. When Moses asked God
at the burning bush, “Who shall I say has sent me?” The voice of God answered, “I
AM has sent you.” Two simple words are profound in their definition of the Eternal
God with no beginning and no end. In the book of John, there are eight separate “I
AM” statements of Jesus identifying with His Father in beautiful word pictures of
These words of Jesus are set to a melody that, like a vine, moves freely in and through
all parts of a rich harmonic texture that are unified in a chant of God’s name for
Himself – I AM. The shape of the melody, a syncopated and repetitive 2-3 suspension,
was born as I first considered the English text of “I Am” and repeated it over and
over to hear its inherent rhythm. The effect of the syncopation should be comforting,
as a mother gently rocks a baby. The comforting statements shift to the more dramatic
and build in intensity, volume and scope, yet resolve quietly and meditatively. The
three Latin “v’s” become Christ’s conclusive description – “via, veritas, vita” (way,
truth, life). Set in the key signature of three flats, there is no definitive tonic
until the repetitive cadences of the last page resolve to the major key of A flat.
The message is tender and expressive, passionate and true.
Amy Tate Williams
“I AM the light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5) Ego sum lux mundi “I AM the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48) Ego sum panis vitae “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58) Antequam Abraham fieret Ego sum “I AM the door” (John 10:9) Ego sum ostium “I AM the good shepherd” (John 10:11) Ego sum pastor bonus “I AM the true vine” (John 15:1) Ego sum vitis vera “I AM the resurrection and the life” Ego sum resurrection (John 11:25) et vita “I AM the way, the truth and the life” Ego sum via, (John 14:6) veritas, vita
I Cry Out To Thee
Three Psalms for Soprano and Oboe
A three-song set for classical soprano and oboe, featuring selected verses from the
book of Psalms, including "I Cry Out to Thee, O Lord", "It is Good to Give Thanks
to the Lord" and "I Love the Lord Because He Hears My Voice". Range and tessitura
best suited for the dramatic mezzo soprano.
"I Cry Out to Thee" premiered on March 13, 2017 at Belmont University's McAfee Auditorium on a faculty concert with Soprano Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Oboist Jonathan Hearn and the composer at the piano. The song set is next programmed for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts in June 2017 to be performed by Soprano Dr. Hope Koehler, Oboist Amy Collins and the composer.
Choral anthems just added January 2018 “Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace” and “Morning Song”