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Settings of: Alleluia

Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 22:05:08 -0500
From: FDeboer337(a)
Subject: Alleluias: Compilation of responses (LONG)

Dear Choralisters,

Finally, my compilation of reponses to suggestions for choral pieces
containing only the text "ALLELUIA". I really didn't think there were THAT
many! Hope this list is helpful. Thanks to all 48 people who responded to
my post.

Fred de Boer (FDeboer337(a)
Director, Foster City Chorus, Chorale, and Band
Foster City, CA
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I have a mass for brass and choir I just completed. One of the
movements is an Alleluia. I have transcribed the brass parts to
piano (or organ). Would you be interested in that as well?

Ken Langer
Music Department
Lyndon State College
Lyndonville VT 05851
802 626 6235
e-mail: LangerK(a)
WWW home page:

A paraphrase on the famous Toccata for Organ by C. M. Widor. This is a
simply magnificent version for choir and organ arranged by William Ferris,
director of the William Ferris Chorale in Chicago. It is published by
Oxford. The choir has only one word: *Alleluia!* I heard it as directed
by the composer years ago. There is a CD and cassette on which the work
appears. Very glorious. It gave me a new appreciation of the work!

Alleluia from Rachmaninov's Vespers

Alleluia by Zaumeyer. It is a lovely piece which I haven't
heard for quite some time.

I suggest the "Alleluia" by Romouald Twardowski, a contemporary Polish
composer whom I met in Warsawa in 1991. It was published by the Polish
music publishing firm before the fall of the Communists. I could get you
the full details--order number, etc.--if you like. It's a very
accessible piece; my choir and our audiences liked it.
Bob Copeland, Geneva College, rmc(a)

Libby Larsen, ALLELUIA. Boston: ECS Publishing, 1995. Catalog No. 4829.
SATB unaccompanied.

If you are interested in recent pieces from unknown composers, I have
written an "Alleluia" for SATB div. and piano 4 hands that may be of
interest. It has been performed several times, and is unpublished. I would
be happy to send a copy to anyone who is interested.

Reginald Unterseher

Richard Rodgers (Sound of Music)

Alleluia by Alan Hovhaness
Published by C.F. Peters (Peters Edition No. 6170)

Alleluia, Amen by Kirke Mechem
Published by G. Schirmer, Inc (ED-3936-2) Distrib. by Hal Leonard
Corp. (HL 50482209)

A fine setting of ALLELUIA by Garry A. Cornell (satb and optional brass
quartet - 2 tpts, 2 tbns) is available from Celebrations Unlimited. Please
e-mail your snail-mail address and a complimentary copy will be sent to you
immediately. This piece is in widespread use, particularly for multi-choir
festivals and church-related conferences. Brass parts are very easy, choral
part is moderately so.

Poorman: An Advent Alleluia (CPP/Belwin)
John Carter: Alleluia (Carl Fischer--similar to the Thompson, but easier,
just as lovely--one-word text)
William Boyce, arr. Theron Kirk: Alleluia (Pro Art--an old edition that I
have--my version is SAB, but may be available for SATB--one-word text)
Ed Harris: Alleluia (Hinshaw--more lively, 1-word + amen)
Mozart: Alleluia, from Exultate Jubilate, various editions
Ralph E. Williams: Alleuia (Neil A. Kjos--for double choir, but one choir can
be single- or double-quartet, I've also done it with organ or instruments as
the second choir--best in an antiphonal setting)
Alleluia David Conte SA & Keyboard ECS 4777
Alleluia Sven Lekberg SATB, A cappella Broude Bros BB 5015
Alleluia Thomas Pasatieri SATB, Piano Presser 312-41620
Alleluia Daniel Pinkham SSATBB, Orch or Org. ECS 3000 IP
Alleluia Chorus, from Deborah G.F. Handel, arr. Charles Dawe TTBB G.
Schirmer 8836
Allelujah W. A. Mozart 4-pt G. Schirmer 2620
Hallelujah Spiritual, arr. Robert DeCormier SATB, A cappella Lawson-Gould
Hallaluja Vincent Youmans, arr. Robert Sund SATB Walton WRS-100

In Sacred Rounds and Canons, ed. G. Holst:
Alleluia by Hayes 8-pt
Hallelujah Thomas Norris 4-pt

There is "Alleluia in D" by the American composer Daniel Dorff which
is published by Theodore Presser Company. It got good reviews from
the choral magazines and sells well. It's about 3 minutes and in a
harmonic language similar to R.Thompson

My suggestion is Alleluia by recent American composer Gail Poch. It's
published by Associated (thru G.Schirmer), and I believe it's still in
print. Give it a look

"Alleluia" (1995)
- SSAA (first version)
It's beatiful and easy!
Javier Busto (b.1949, Hondarribia-Spain):
Puntal Nabarte, Bajo A
20280 HONDARRIBIA (Gipuzkoa)
Telf./Fax: +34 43 643479

Irving Fine: A Short Alleluia
SSA a cappella
G. Schirmer 12541

Randall Thompson: Alleluia, Amen (Chorus IV from The Place of the Blest)
SA Div., Piano (Orch. reduction)
E.C. Schirmer No. 2839

Beethoven - Hallelujah from The Mount of Olives

Ulysses Kay "Alleluia" - third movement of his Choral Tryptich - great piece.
On the theme of Alleluia, while teaching my high school choir the Kay piece,
I asked them what the question, "what are the 'alleluia' moments in life.
They had several interesting and creative responses. I did this in an
attempt to sing the word more expressively, which they did after our
discussion. I have also been able to refer back to the discussion -
specifically, to the different types of "alleluia" moments in life - in order
to have them sing "alleluia" with differing qualities qualities. I found it
to be a very valuable exercies.

* Last movement of J.S. Bach's motet "Lobet den Herrn"

* "Alleluia" by Robert Muczynski (G.Schirmer #11002/also in the collection "5
Centuries of Choral Music"

* If you're willing to accept a little text in addition to "alleluia", the
setting of "Praise Ye the Name of the Lord" by Tchaikovsky has a wonderful
and extended imitative treatement of the text (availabe in English or
translitereated Russian text from me)

Alexander Ruggieri

You might check out a new Alleluia, Amen by Bart Bradfield (Chicago, IL),
published by new company, Moon of Hope Publishing:
4L Plaza, Suite 5, Galesburg, IL 61401, (309)-343-4037.

The Gregorian "Alleluia" for Low Sunday--the Sunday after Easter--is a very
beautiful example of the repertoire. We once used it as a leadin for a
medley of various "alleluias

My "Alleluia, Amen" was just published by Moon of Hope. (The piece is
teeming with rhythmic drive and harmonic intensity.).

You may obtain a free copy and catalogue by calling Kurt Killam at:

Hope you'll find it useful.

Bart Bradfield
Director of Choral Ensembles
Lake Forest College

I think no one has mentioned "Hallelujah, Amen" from Handel's Judas

There is a wonderful old "Hallelujah!" for SSATTBB by William David
Brown,OBublished by Western International in 1963. I've done it--
very exciting. OP?

A Christmas "Alleluia" by Douglas Brenchley, Shawnee

Marius Monnikendam has a one-word "Alleluia" published by Hinshaw.

There is a G Ricordi publication of an Alleluia by A. Scarlatti,
ed. by Hugh Ross (I suspect the word is by Ross, not by Scarlatti)

A short, rather quiet setting by Schutz, pub. by Alexander Broude.

The first of Tcherepnin's "Six Liturgical Chants" is "Alleluia,"
published by C F Peters

Arthur Frackenpohl, "Alleluia, Amen," pub. by Shawnee in various voicings.

>From Concordia, an "Alleluia" with a bit of additional, general, text by
Stephen C Shewan

Lawson-Gould has a nice setting, divisi, by Kensey D. Stewart.

Alleluia" by Barbara R. Gay and Arthur Frackenpohl
1982, Harold Flammer, A-6015, SATB

"Alleluia" by David Lantz III
1989, Glory Sound, A-6546, SATB
(this is a very simple, but beautiful, piece. it requires breath control!)

I did the same type of concert and incorporated many Allelujah movements
and/or sections from Bach Cantatas. They are so diverse in mood and idea.

Be sure not to overlook the vast repertoire of Gregorian Chant alleluias.
They might serve well as a cappella processionals or as short breaks between
longer works. They vary in style from simple ones to more florid and
melismatic alleluias for major feasts

Emma Lou Diemer has an SSA a cappella setting published by Carl Fischer,
It's quite nice - accessible, interesting, reasonable ranges, and quite

The final Chorus of Michael Haydn's Motet "Timete Dominum" has an alleluia
that is great and could be excerpted. I think it is even published
seperately by G. Schirmer ( whoever that is these days.

Claude le Jeune wrote a neat 4 pt Alleluia on p. 79 of 121 Canons by Cykler
& Kraus (Eds.) Pelikan available from MMB in St. Louis

The Alleluia from a Mozart work Veni, Sancte Spiritus, edited by Rod Walker.

Alleluja from "Regina coeli" (K.V.108) - Mozart, Kjos #ED. 8714 (with soprano
solo and optional orchestra accompaniment) edited by John Haberlen

Alleluia - Franz Schubert - arr. Robert S. Hines - Lawson-Gould (LG Co.

I've got a "barnburner" for you that I bet hasn't been recommended yet-but it
will require your group to sing in Hebrew. One of the great standards of the
Jewish choral repertoire is "Halleluyah" by Louis Lewandowski
(Lay-vahn-dawv-ski, 1821-1894). He was the composer and conductor for the
great synagogue in Berlin from 1840 until his death. His style is heavily
German romantic (except for the Hebrew, you'd never know it was written for
the synagogue) and certainly influenced by Mendelssohn's choral works. His
"Halleluyah" (the "h" is pronounced in Hebrew-it ws lost when Halleluyah
(literally: "praise you God" ["Yah" is the Hebrew abbreviation {the first and
last letters} of the commonly known "tetragrammaton" YHWH=the
"unpronouncable" name of God, {which should really be YHVH, but we've
accepted the Greman version for some reason, so the "w" should be pronounced
as a "v" anyway} was translated to Greek and Latin) is a setting of Psalm 150
("Halleluyah! Praise the Lord; Praise God in His Sanctuary") that is sung on
Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) during a portion of the service where the
ram's horn (Shofar) is sounded for the third time. I would guess that it is
published still by Transcontinental in New York. We always sang it a
cappella, but I assume there must be an organ part with it as well. It may
not be "great" music, but it is exciting to sing and to hear: lots of
trumpets calls between the men and the women; some lovely counterpoint and a
lot of chordal homophony. If you need a closer, this may be it!
on May 15, 2003 10:00pm
pleas send to
on May 6, 2008 10:00pm
Cantus by John Rutter