All Creatures Of Our God and King
About the Work
Saint Francis of Assisi composed the hymn in the year 1224. It is believed to be among the first works of literature written in the Italian language. This inspired me during the whole writing process. I envisioned the millions of people singing this very song throughout history, all over the world. This gave me a strong sense of eternal praise, which is captured in the score by the long, sustained notes that provide a timeless horizon for the beautiful melody line. To me, the opening verse represents the very origin of the song.
In the second section of the score, the element of wind has inspired my writing and in the third section I let water play the main role. Please find a performance style that reflects this well.
The fourth section evokes an image of the countless number of people who has been singing praise to Mother Earth and her divine beauty with this song for centuries.
The score can be performed by the full choir but there is also the option of having a soprano and a tenor/baritone performing the first two verses solo. For some parts of the score, an elastic approach to the tempo is in preference, while other parts work best in a steady beat. For this reason, consider the many detailed metronome markings as suggestions only.
– Anders Edenroth
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