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Composers who wrote an "Alleluia" compilation

I feel humbled by the amazing resource that this list is. Here I
thought a composition using only one given word would be a fairly rare
thing: it turns out it is not so much, and I am just broadcasting my
ignorance about the huge world of choral music. It turns out there are
more than 30 of them, and one could do an entire concert (or three)
using only one word (think of the paper that would save on providing
lyrics!). Not recommended for Liturgical types during Lent. Here is
the compilation of composers who wrote a choral a capella "Alleluia:" an
alphabetical list to summarize, and then the comments more or less as I
received them from all who responded. Thank-you, List, for your
collective wisdom.



List (sans commentary) in alphabetical order:



Ayres

Bach (end of Lobet den Herrn motet)

Basler

Berger

Biggs

Boyce

Bradfiled

Buxtehude

Byrd

Furman

Handel

Hennig

Holland

Gill

Larsen

Lekberg

Manuel

Mignemi

Mozart

Paulus

Pinkham

Scarlatti (accompanied)

R. Murray Schafer

Spevacek

Stephan

Pinkham

Thompson (2 different compositions -1 better known)

Twardowski

Young

Zaumeyer



Of course, if you change the spelling to Hallelujah, then Handel
(Messiah) and Beethoven (Mount of Olives) both wrote very famous
examples that should not be overlooked!



Responses:

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"A Joyful Alleluia" by Gordon Young.

Additionally, though not 'Alleluia', you may want to be aware of an
interesting piece by the African-American composer, James Furman. He
wrote a rather difficult piece entitled "Hehlehlooyuh: A Joyful
Expression." The entire text is the same as the title. It was
published by HInshaw, HMC-312. I don't know if it is still available,
but it is an interesting piece. Good luck in your search.

Eric Anthony

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"Alleluia" by Richard Keys Biggs for SATB & organ. Excellent piece.
Published by Consort Press.

Paul Mark

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There's an "Alleluia" partly based on the Handel melody, by Paul Ayres,
just published by the RSCM (here in England).

Andrea Webb

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My "little" Alleluia http://www.giuseppemignemi.it/Alleluia.PDF

Giuseppe Mignemi

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Properly speaking, the Mozart is not a stand-alone piece but rather the
elaborate cadence to the preceeding movement.
Stephen A. Stomps

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Thompson has another one - in The Place Of The Blest (SSAA with
orchestra)

Dulcie Holland - SATB a cappella

various canons (eg Boyce, Richard Gill)

Simon Loveless

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Scarlatti wrote one but it is for piano/organ accompaniment i have
also done it orchestrated but believe it to be POP. Lovely piece and
written for SSATB and gives the SSA a workout vocally.

Lyn Schramm

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Daniel Pinkham's "Alleluia Festiva" (original title "Rutgers Alleluia").

John Wright

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I like the Buxtehude "Alleluia". Here is a link for the score and parts:

http://www.kantoreiarchiv.de/archiv/choir_orchestra/cantata/buxtehude/al
leluja/score.pdf
lleluja/score.pdf> The parts can be found by removing the 'score.pdf'
part of the link.

Craig Hawkins

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was performed at the National ACDA Convention in Chicago and performed
by a variety of level of choirs. There is an audio and PDF available on
my website www.lindaspevacek.com .
Click on the Music Search link, click boxes SATB and A Cappella.
Alleluia is the first piece to appear.

Linda Spevacek

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Thompson actually has two settings - the traditional SATB one in D major
we all know, of course, but he also did a setting for treble choir in
The Place of the Blest. G major, quite lovely.

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You mentioned that you are, of course familiar with the Thompson
"Alleluia", but do you know his "Alleluia" from THE PLACE OF THE BLEST?

It is the last of a 4 movement work for boys' voices. Of course it
could be performed by women as well. The scoring is SSAA. It is not a
capella, but has a beautiful chamber orchestra accompaniment, and it
does meet your requirement of just the repeated word, "alleluia". Both
"Alleluia's" of Randall Thompson are on a CD, GARDEN OF BEAUTY recorded
by the Atlanta Boy Choir.

David R. White, Artistic Director and Conductor The Atlanta Boy Choir
Atlanta, Georgia USA www.atlantaboychoir.org


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Please give a look at Alleluia by Stephen Paulus. It was commissioned
in 2004 and premiered in Carnegie Hall. Stephen publishes his own
music. You can see the first several pages on his web site.
http://www.stephenpaulus.com/Alleluia.html
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Consider - http://www.gladdemusic.com/alleluia.htm

Brad Nelson www.GladdeMusic.com

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Here is a recording of my Alleluia (percussion is optional - should be
non pitched - however). Let me know if you are interested,

Naomi Stephan [sales(a)lifemissionassociates.com]

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At the recent NCCO Convention in San Antonio, Brett Scott introduced us
to a fine setting of "Alleluia" by R. Murray Schafer. It's well worth
doing.

David Schildkret

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If you're willing to include an 'Amen' at the end, then you'll find a
few more (Bart Bradfiled, Handel).

Dan Ratelle, San Diego

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Romuald Twardowski (contemporary Polish composer)

William Byrd: a canon

Bob Copeland

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I'm not near a copy of it but isn't Jean Berger's Alleluia only the one
word? Maybe the countermelody has other words...anyway it's gorgeous

Ray Klemchuk

First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

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Karl Henning's "Alleluia in D," unaccompanied, is getting a lot of
performances this year, and available in three mutually compatible
voicings, SATB being one of them. You can buy the SATB version here
online: http://www.luxnova.com/lnpwebstore/pi/lnp/0078.html




Karl also has an "Alleluia in Ab" (otherwise known simply as "Alleluia,"
Op. 33) also SATB unaccompanied, which is more difficult--NOT a
transposition of the one in D, but an entirely different, earlier
setting. You can buy it here online:

http://www.luxnova.com/lnpwebstore/pi/lnp/0056.html




Both of these can also be ordered through most any retail sheet music
dealer. Or we can take a college purchase order directly. Any of the
above ways works. Audio samples of both settings also exist.

Mark Gresham

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Paul Basler's setting is amazing.

Bob Sabourin

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Several settings by non-U.S. publishers. Have you checked MUSICA?

Dr. James D. Feiszli

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Paul Basler's Alleluia I think has only the one word, and it's great!

Sven Lekberg, Alleluia, Broude Brothers

Dan Pinkham, Alleluia, from Fanfares, (EC Schirmer, I think)

- Both good pieces.

Libby Larsen, Alleluia, EC Schirmer. Don't know it, looks hard!

The Alleluia from Bach Lobet den herrn is published separately, but
that's not quite kosher.

David Griggs-Janower

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William Boyce has a setting (canonic) that I use for beginning of the
year/ensemble building.

Donald Callen Freed, Ph.D.

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Zaumeyer wrote a dandy one (sounds like Rachmaninoff in sections, 7th
and 9th chords in others). Lots of divisi, but not difficult.

Ian Loeppky

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Further responses by Janis Bryant, David Douglas, Tom Hale, Sara
Guttenberg, Jim Myers, and Christopher Fields had already been suggested
by the above. Thanks again to all those who responded.



Original request:



I'm aware of the Mozart, Thompson, and Manuel settings of the word, but
I feel like I'm missing something. Does anyone know of any other choral
settings that include only this one word (preferrably a cappella, but
not necessarily so)? I searched various databases to find over a
thousand hits including "Alleluia! He is Risen!" and I'm looking for
settings that only use the one word over and over again. Please email
me your suggestions. Apparently this is one question that has not been
asked yet - I can post a compilation. Thanks.



Sincerely,

Vaughn Roste
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Andrew College
413 College Street
Cuthbert, Georgia
39840
229-732-5912 (o)
229-732-2176 (f)
vaughnroste(a)andrewcollege.edu








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