The Best Angel in Heaven

Instrumentation: Unison Chorus or soloist & piano
Duration: 3:00
Date of Composition: 2020

Program Note:

I composed The Best Angel in Heaven in the cruel month of April, 2020, in memory of Sandra Santos-Vizcaino, the wonderful third-grade teacher at PS 9 in Brooklyn, NY. I did so because I was so touched by the memory page devoted to her, marked by the love and sadness of so many whose lives she touched. She was clearly not only a great teacher, but a woman of extraordinary character, kindness and compassion. I wish I could have known her and am so very sorry that she fell victim to COVID-19. I have based the lyrics on phrases drawn from these memories of love for her and of distress at losing so dear a person. The song can be performed either by unison chorus or soloist and piano. May her memory always be a blessing. -JS


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