Composition Spotlight: You Having Walked This Earth
Date: April 14, 2013
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase. A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented. Enjoy!)
Level: High School or higher
Uses: General Concert Use, Great Learning Piece, Late Easter Season
This Piece Would Program Well With: The Last Invocation by Randall Thompson available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus
There are many reasons I love this piece. I am always looking for music that can help my choirs to grow. You Having Walked This Earth offers many learning opportunities. The harmonies move fairly slowly in a homophonic texture giving singers a chance to experience and truly hear each chord. There are no dynamic, tempo or other expressive markings given by the composer. Use this opportunity to discuss how to be most expressive with your singers. The harmonies are beautiful and accessible to your audience while still having enough depth to inspire your aesthetic sensibilities. It is an enjoyable work that I will come back just to listen to.