The Whole Bright World Rejoices Now
Composer David Ashley White
Text from Cologne Kirchengesäng, 1624; tr. Percy Dearmer, 1924
Voicing SATB, organ, flute, finger cymbals
Topics Easter, Praise and Adoration, Trinity
Length 4' 25" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 1/03
Catalog no. 405-511 Difficulty Mod. difficult
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"Starting slowly, David Ashley White's 'Hilariter' soon picks up to 'fast,joyful.' There are following tempo changes, providing contrast and opportunities for the flute to be heard either in softer sections or in its higher range. Even with some mixed meter, this Easter/Eastertide anthem is accessible to an average choir. But as so many composers know and write, the organist is often expected to be more skilled than the choir. While this is somewhat the case here, as well as in most anthem accompaniments, I should add that this particular organ part is not overly difficult, rather needing a carefully considered set of registrations." -- Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians (December 2005)
A colorful, sophisticated Easter anthem for SATB, organ, flute, and finger cymbals, with a 17th-century German text translated by Percy Dearmer. The Latin title translates as "joyfully," which accurately describes the spirit of the work. Shifting meters and cross-rhythms will require careful preparation, but the stunning results will be well worth the effort.
Hilariter, Alleluia, Hilariter, Alleluia.
The whole bright world rejoices now, Hilariter!
The birds do sing from every bough, Alleluia!
Then shout beneath the racing skies, Hilariter!
to him who rose that we might rise, Alleluia!
And all you living things make praise,
he guideth you on all your ways,
to Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
our God most high, our joy and boast.
--from Cologne Kirchengesäng, 1624; tr. Percy Dearmer, 1924.
Note "Hilariter" is Latin for "joyfully" and is pronounced "hih-lair-ih-tair."