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Diligence/Commitment/Endure to End
Trust in God
A Cappella/Optional A Capella
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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.
This is a sneak preview of a large project I am working on called The Restoration. When finished, it will be twelve movements and about an hour long. This project aims to tell the story of Joseph Smith from JS-H 1:1 through his martyrdom, and will include full orchestration and choir.
This is movement #9, The Son of Man. The text is adapted from D&C 122. Joseph in Liberty Jail. I've often thought that perhaps the counsel that Joseph receives at the Lord's hand in this setting might not have been that comforting in that moment. I picture a loving Heavenly Father sorrowing over the "tribulation" his faithful servant is enduring. Rather than deliver Joseph from his immediate circumstances, He tries to set things in perspective.
This composition is for SSAATTBB a Capella choir, and it will test the limits of your choir's range. The Sopranos hit a high A, and the basses reach a low C (!). There is also a lot of inner movement in the parts and many dynamic shifts. Watch those breath marks!
As always, if you find some occasion to use this work, please let me know how it goes. I would love to hear your feedback.
Lyrics: See Doctrine & Covenants, Section 122.