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Easter Canticle, Exodus 15 : Let us sing to the Lord

: the Song of Moses and Miriam from the Easter Vigil

Year of composition
anon. trad.
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts

The famous Canticle from Exodus (known in Middle Eastern cultures as the Song of Moses and Miriam) is always sung after the First Reading of the Easter Vigil, to praise God for saving his people. The text appears triumphalist, yet it is always sung in lament form in Middle Eastern musical cultures, since it mourns the death of a great host, while praising God’s power to save.

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