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Alleluia (Thompson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Randall Thompson

Randall Thompson (trans. Buckley)


General Info

Year: 1940 / 1993
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $49.27   |   Score Only - $9.45


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
Timpani


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Alleluia is a piece for unaccompanied SATB chorus by Randall Thompson. Composed over the first five days of July in 1940, it was given its world premiere on July 8th of that year at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood under the direction of G. Wallace Woodworth. The work was written on a commission from Serge Koussevitzky, director of the Tanglewood Festival. Koussevitzky wanted a "fanfare" for voices to be performed at the opening exercises of the new Berkshire Music Center, and he asked Thompson to contribute such a piece. Instead of the joyous work expected of him, the composer produced a quiet and introspective piece. Thompson was inspired by the war in Europe, and the recent fall of France; given these events, he felt that to write a festive piece would be inappropriate. The text of the work consists of the word "Alleluia" repeated over and over again. The only other word in the text is "Amen", which is used once at the end. The end also divides the choir into seven parts. Thompson once wrote that the Alleluia is:

a very sad piece. The word "Alleluia" has so many possible interpretations. The music in my particular Alleluia cannot be made to sound joyous. It is a slow, sad piece, and...here it is comparable to the Book of Job, where it is written, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."

The piece has become Thompson's most popular work, and is frequently performed today.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Maryland: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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  • University of Minnesota Symphonic Band (John Zarco, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • Pomona (Calif.) Concert Band (Linda W. Taylor, conductor) – 7 July 2016
  • The Eagles Band (Pittsfield, Mass.) (Carl Jenkins, conductor) - 8 November 2014
  • Charlotte Concert Band (Donald Morris, conductor) - 5 November 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


References