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Voicing/Instrumentation: SSAATTBB, Bassoon, 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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Related song categories are:
Atonement/Mercy/Grace/Redemption
Comfort/Strength/Courage/Assurance
Compassion
Consecration
Courage
Diligence/Commitment/Endure to End
Joseph Smith
Parables
Prophets
Restoration
Sacrifice
Strength
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.
Song background:

The Restoration, Movement 11 of 12, Carthage.   The Restoration, when finished will tell the story of Joseph Smith from JS-H 1:1 through his martyrdom.  

Carthage relates the account of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith as they were held captive in Carthage Jail. A mob converged on the jail house where Joseph, Hyrum and John Taylor were being held on false charges.  The mob opened fire on the jail house.  Joseph and Hyrum were each shot four times.  Joseph attempted to escape by jumping from an upper window and in doing so was shot several times.  His final words before he fell to the ground were "O Lord, My God!"  I have often wondered if this was simply a desperate plea for help to his almighty Father, or whether in those final moments Joseph's eyes were opened one more time, and he saw God waiting for him to return.  

Most of the time I intend my music to be very visceral.  I want the listener to be drawn in, completely captivated, as if they were present when these events take place.  This peice is no exception.  You will hear all eight gun shots, and Joseph's final cry.  This movement is designed to put the listener in the position of being a witness of the martyrdom.  In doing so it puts a new spin on the words of A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief and I Need Thee Every Hour.  Joseph is the poor wayfaring man, and verses were selected that relate to things that actually happened during his life.  The song puts the listener in the uncomfortable position of contemplating whether they would have died in Joseph's place, given a chance, but the thought remains unfinished until the end, because Joseph had a destiny to fulfill (but that's movement 12, Praise to the Man -- coming soon).

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