A joyful setting of the single word, Alléluia, with playful vocal percussion, this piece is suitable for advanced treble choirs. Written for Ottawa’s l’Ensemble vocal sénior De La Salle, Robert Filion, chef de choeur, it was premiered in Edmonton at the Podium choral convention.
The compositional goal for this piece was to write something as joyful as possible. The starting point was in choosing to set one word of exclamation and rejoice: Alléluia! The piece is built on an iconic musical gesture of happiness, the ascending major triad. The natural rhythm of the word is used to give a 5/8 meter for most of the piece. – K.M.
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