A New Year Is Born (Odun Titun De)

Composer
Year of composition
1986
Lyricist
Olulana Alofe
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available
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Bye bye to the old year and welcome to the new one is the theme of this hymn. Verses are in English and Yoruba. The tune was composed with my clarinet and harmonised in 1986 at Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Some of the harmony has been updated this year but in essence, it is the same song I wrote then. We had a small church choir and very few songs suitable for the end of year/new year service. So I tried my hands on composing one and came out with this! I wasn’t bold enough to give our choir director the hymn but it’s one of my earliest compositions. One day I just might turn it into a large production. Who knows.

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