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A Cantata for Choir, Soloists with Orchestral or Keyboard accompaniment by Marilyn Terlich

The Cantata traces the story of the Bible from Genesis to the coming of Christ. Various musical styles are used, from Gregorian Chant, Bach-like Chorale and Jazz, all with lyric melodies.

“The work was written to inspire the church community, It’s a way for us to celebrate the coming of Christ and all it means.”

Cantata duration – 1 hour, 30 minutes (approx)
Intermediate level of difficulty.

The cantata is available in hard copy folio. Some sections are available for individual download.

Movements

1.  Awesome! 3′ 9″  (Orchestral or Piano Overture – after which there is silence and darkness representing the unfolding of Creation as the choir processes holding candles / glowsticks)

Part I: Creation
2.  Processional 5’+
~ Tenor / Bass
~ In Gregorian chant style with Latin lyrics written phonetically for consistent pronunciation

3.  Let There Be Light! 3′ 51″
~ God, Man, Woman

4.  Heaven’s Reflection 3′ 13″
~ Sop1&2 / Alto / Ten1&2 / Bari / Bass
~ An exuberant Jazz-style choral work with percussion

5.  The Rift 3′ 46″
~ God & SATB
~ A deeply emotional movement in the style of a Bach Chorale

Part II: The Covenant

(Movements 6 to 12 follow the historical, biblical narrative and reflect on the affect events had on those chosen)

6. Abram 3′ 55″
~ Abram & SATB

7. Isaac 2′ 30″+
~ Abraham, Sarah & SATB

8. Joseph 3′ 30″
~ Unison
~ Tells the story of Joseph in softshoe-shuffle style

9. Moses 3′
~ God, Moses & SATB

10. Exodus 1′ 33″
~ SATB

Part III: Prophets, Priests & Kings
11. In The Wilderness 3′ 25″
~ Children, Moses & SATB

12. Canaan 1′ 33″
~ An SATB canon

13. What If? 4′ 36″
~ Soloists & SATB

Part IV: The New Covenant

(The final movements celebrate the coming of Christ)

14. Song of Mary 1′ 30″
~ Mary & Sop1&2 / Alto

15. In Adoration 3′ 08″
~ Tenor / Bass

16. Sorrow 1′ 28″
~ God

17. Gloria In Excelsis 3′ 28″
~ SATB

18. Orchestral Recessional 3′ 13″

Hard copy scores available

  • Orchestral Score in C – 276p (wire bound)      RRP – $100 +p&p
  • Rehearsal Score – 144p (wire bound)    RRP – $50 +p&p
  • Choral Score – 94p        RRP – $20 +p&p
  • Instrumental Parts – (All wire bound)  RRP – @ $15 +p&p
    • Flute 1&2 – 36p
    • Oboe – 25p
    • Bb Clarinet 1&2 – 35p
    • Bassoon – 28p
    • Horn in F – 26p
    • Bb Trumpet – 26p
    • Trombone – 26p
    • Violin 1&2 – 49p
    • Viola – 36p
    • Cello / Double Bass – 51p
    • Percussion – 41p
    • Orchestral Keyboard – 38p

Because of the varied sizes of choirs and orchestras, please email M4Music for a quote on postage and handling

Also available for rehearsal purposes – a CD for each choral part containing all movements – Soprano / Contralto / Tenor / Bass, each part is downloadable @ $5 for the full cantata.

A Powerpoint of Bible readings for audio visually complimenting the cantata performance is available at no cost.

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