|Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. brass quintet, opt. congregation
Church Season Palm Sunday
Length 1' 20" Price $1.65 (U.S.)
Catalog no. 405-480 Difficulty Mod. easy
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Cat. no. 405-481 Price $15 (U.S.)
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"Having a Hosanna for Palm Sunday is not uncommon, but having one which invites responses from the congregation is. This setting has a congregational part which repeats after a choir statement. The three-page celebration would be a delightful introit that will jubilantly set the tone for Holy Week. The organ and brass also alternate statements so spacing all the performers throughout the church will add a festive spirit. The last stanza has a descant for the sopranos which builds to a strong ending." --Diapason, February 2000
"Selah has extracted this jaunty piece from a larger oratorio entitle The Glory of God's Grace, music by Fedak, libretto by Carl P. Daw, Jr. Liturgically, it would be an ideal piece for the Palm Sunday procession, especially if your local practice does not include a procession into the sanctuary from outside the building. It may be designed to work for an outdoor procession too; I've not seen the full score and cannot say with certainty. It is regal, to say the least, and I bet you'll find an appropriate place to sing it. Highly recommended (even without the brass)." --Cross Accent, Spring 2000
"A processional for Palm Sunday, this piece for optional brass quintet, SATB choir, and optional congregation is from the oratorio by Alfred Fedak and Carl Daw, The Glories of God's Grace. It is a fairly short piece, great for a processional, and is simply constructed using quite a bit of repetition. If the congregation is invited to participate, the tune is introduced by the choir and brass before the congregation sings, giving them ample opportunity to learn by hearing it first." --The Hymn, January 2001
This exuberant work for Palm Sunday presents many performance options. The piece may be sung by a single choir SATB, or antiphonally by two choirs (unison and SATB), or by SATB choir and congregation. Optional brass parts add color and support when the congregation participates. Useful either as an anthem or a festive processional, this is an immediately appealing piece you will use year after year.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blest is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!