Through history, the singing of “alleluia” has served as an outward celebration as well as an introspective prayer of praise. This setting explores these two uses of the word within a spiritual context. The work begins with a rhythmic declaration of joy and builds intensity through metric changes, tonal shifts, glissandi, and hand clapping. This lively exultation soon gives way to a reverent meditation with soaring melodic lines and lush harmonies. The dancing rhythms from the beginning return with a gradual build in intensity as one’s praises rise to the sky.
Commissioned by Brady Allred and the Salt Lake Vocal Artists.
World premiere February 21, 2014 at the Western ACDA Conference. Santa Barbara, CA.