An Empty Tomb at Early Dawn
Voicing SATB, Recorder,
Flute or Piccolo, and Percussion
Church Season Easter
Length 2' 00" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 405-538 Difficulty Moderately easy
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"A Richard Leach text, 'glory,
hallelujahs' and all, is fused to the rambunctious Sacred
Harp tune LOVING KINDNESS. Holden-Holloway's deft setting
has a 'rustic' quality, energized by the 'fife and drum.' Recommended."
--Cross Accent, Spring 2000
Comments from the Author, Richard Leach
This is a straightforward Easter anthem
paraphrasing verses from 1 Corinthians 15. It was written to
take advantage of a traditional tune from the Southern Harmony
tradition, whose refrain of "Glory, hallelujah!" after
each short line seemed to call for an Easter text.
early American tune LOVING-KINDNESS, matched here with Richard
Leach's fine Easter text, is given a spirited treatment, brimming
with energy and enthusiasm. The SATB choir is accompanied by
flute (opt. piccolo or recorder) and drum, and the vocal part-writing
is natural and effective.
An empty tomb at early dawn, glory,
Jesus who died is living on, glory hallelujah!
Not less than life in flesh and bone, glory, hallelujah!
A greater life than this we own, glory, hallelujah!
From flesh to spirit, seed to grain, glory, hallelujah!
God's power and justice are made plain, glory, hallelujah!
From shame to glory all will see, glory, hallelujah!
From death to immortality, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, glory, hallelujah!
From Christ to God the world is passed, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
-Richard Leach, 1998
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