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Voicing/Instrumentation: SSAATTBB, Bassoon, Cantata/Choir Full Program/Play, Cello Duet/Cello Ensemble Member(s), Clarinet, Double Bass, English Horn, Flute Duet/Flute Ensemble Member(s), Instrument Ensemble, Oboe, Orchestra, Percussion, Piccolo, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin Duet/Violin Ensemble Member(s)
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Diligence/Commitment/Endure to End
Individual Worth/Self Esteem
Plan of Salvation/Premortal Life
Trust in God
Choir with Soloist or Optional Soloist
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More about Loren Erickson:
My first introduction to music was playing the trumpet in an elementary school band. How many of those do you see anymore? In Junior High I took up singing and performed in various choirs and musicals through high school and college. When I was called as ward music chairman and took on the additional responsibilities of ward choir director, I wanted to see of I could arrange music for the choir. Many of those early attempts were...well...awful. But I had a very forgiving Bishop and patient accompanists and choir and I continued to learn. I am now stake music chairman and have inflicted slightly less atrocious arrangements on otherwise unsuspecting congregations. I also currently sing with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, a multi-denominational choral movement spanning five western states in the USA. My experience in MCO has had a profound influence on how I look at music, what it means, and why it is important to understand meaning behind notes and lyrics when performing it. I hope that what I leave here is not as awful as I have suggested that it might be with this introduction, but either way, know that there is a little piece of my soul in everything you will find from me here. Please provide feedback on my work. That is the only way I will learn.
The Restoration, Movement 10 of 12, Blessing. The Restoration is (or will be) the story of Joseph Smith from JS-H 1:1 through his martyrdom.
Blessing contemplates the final days of Joseph's mortal life. I wonder, as he approached the end, whether he thought what he had done was...enough, as might we all. I'm sure that a loving Heavenly Father poured out special blessing of love and comfort in those last few days. That is this song. Might we all receive such a blessing when we return to our heavenly home. Movement 11, Carthage (coming soon), follows immediately after this movement, hence the strange ending.
I don't expect many humble seekers of sacred music for their sacrament, stake and other meetings to find what they are looking for with this paerticular piece. But if you happen to stumble across this and take the time to listen and read, I would love to hear your feedback.
Movement #9, The Son of Man, is also available on this site.