C Minor Dances With Chorus

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This was one of the first pieces I worked on in commencing the process of committing my music to paper.

This would have been, in all likelihood, the first piece to be uploaded on the Sibelius site. However, at the last minute I succumbed to my convictions that the piece should contain lyrics to glorify God (Re: Dance No 3). I inserted the lyrics that I kept hearing during the playback process and added measures 36 - 67 as a bridge, so to speak, to get from Dance No. 2 to Dance No. 3.

There is no real development of any one theme here; the piece is really a medley of themes and their variations strung together. Yet I am satisfied with the result, and I believe it works. The combination of the orchestration and rhythmic variety is enough to maintain interest. I rejected the idea of using S.A.T.B. in Dance No.3 because it is more of a sing-along affair - pick an octave, and "give ’er," as it were. Yet the piece works with or without the chorus and, the present mp3 does not have the chorus.

Hallelujah! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him in his mighty act; praise him according to the abundance of his greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with lute and harp; Praise him with the tambour and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and the pipe; Praise him with loud cymbals; praise him with high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise Jah. Hallelujah!Psalm 150 (Darby Translation)

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Year of composition
Robert James Thoms
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Modern classical music

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