My Master Hath A Garden (1963) is a tender art-song, taking its lyrics from an anonymous religious poem in English. The text climaxes by calling on Jesus to “make my heart thy garden”. It is the second work in Virgil Thomson’s song cycle Praises And Prayers, arranged for solo Voice and Piano.
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) was a prolific American composer and author, who wrote for almost every genre of music with wit and originality. However, his contribution to American art-song is probably the most important part of his legacy. His compositions are distinguished by their simple accompaniments and rhythmic emphasis, leaving them challenging but rewarding.