Alleluia

Instrumentation: SATB Chorus + brief soprano solo
Duration: 4:00
Peruse / Purchase: E.C. Schirmer

Premiere:
12/9/05
Chicago Chorale
Bruce Tammen conductor
Grace Lutheran Church
Chicago, IL

Program Note:
I composed my Alleluia in November, 2001. It was a direct response not only to the general terror of the 9/11 attacks, but specifically to the death of firefighter Timothy Welty of Squad 288, son of my friend Bill Welty and stepson of my friend and colleague Louisa Panou Takahashi. Many others of our community lost family and friends in the attacks in New York and Washington. One might wonder why I chose to compose an Alleluia, since it is a song of praise. I have used to to express a blend of comfort and defiance, to sing against the dark, but in knowledge of it.–JS