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Download an MP3 file of a performance of this work (SSA, brass, percussion, and piano) by Bella Voce (VT), Dawn Willis, conductor.
Download an MP3 file or view a video presentation of a performance of this work (SATB brass, percussion, and piano) by the Thetford Chamber Singers, the Colchester Community Chorus, and the Heritage Brass Quintet, Carol Reichard, conductor.
Commissioned by the Colchester Community Chorus, Carol Reichard, music director in memory of Perrie Coope
Now Let Us Sing! is a celebration of song -- the singing of a community chorus, the singing of all creatures on the earth. A voice for everyone!
The basis for this work is the traditional spiritual with the lyrics: "Now Let Us Sing 'til the power of the Lord comes down." This is an exhortation for all to lift up their voices, unafraid. After beckoning the chorus to sing, the lyrics spread out to include all of the animals on Noah's Ark as well!
Lines from the Prayer of St. Francis are interspersed: "the rising morn in praise rejoice, the lights of evening find a voice..." All the earth shall sing. Now!
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