Alleluia

I've had a piece of music on my mind for the last few days: Randall Thompson's "Alleluia." It's a gorgeous piece written for SATB choir and the story goes that it was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the opening of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in Massachusetts. Koussevitzky had actually commissioned Thompson to write an exciting fanfare for the event, but Thompson and the rest of the world had just learned of the fall of France in 1940 and felt that such a piece would be inappr...
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Music in Worship

There's nothing that causes the Spirit to move in me like good music. Whether it's the hymn "Love Lifted Me", the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony ("Ode to Joy"), or "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Misérables I get the shivers and goose bumps. The hair on the back of my neck stands up and this is my body telling me that the Spirit is moving. Music in church is oftentimes moving. It is sometimes fun and exciting! Many voices and instruments join together to bring us all togeth...
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