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.
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Commissioned by Brady Allred and the Salt Lake Vocal Artists.
World premiere February 21, 2014 at the Western ACDA Conference. Santa Barbara, CA.