Raise a Joyful Sound
Sing Alleluia! Jesus Lives!
Mark Sedio

Composer Mark Sedio
Text Psalm 95 and Mark Sedio
Voicing SATB and organ, opt. brass quartet
Topic Praise and Adoration
Church Season
Easter (Sing Alleluia!)
Length 2' 30" Price $1.95 (U.S.)
Released 6/97
Catalog no. 410-895
Difficulty Mod. difficult

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A powerful choral hymn for SATB with organ and brass quartet. Two texts are provided, making the work suitable for Easter or any festive occasion. Not at all difficult, yet big in sound and effect.

Anthem text
Come, let us raise a joyful sound
and praise our mighty Lord.
With thankful voices shout aloud,
extol our most high God!

Come, worship the creating One,
whose hand formed earth and sea,
who counted mountain heights his own,
carved cavern majesties.

With shepherd love he prods and guides
his wand'ring people home.
In joyous songs let us unite
and come before his throne.

Oh, let us kneel before our Lord,
creator, Savior, rock,
and kneeling listen to his word,
the wondrous Word of God!

Psalm 95, para. Mark Sedio.
© 1994 Selah Publishing Co., Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15227. All rights reserved.

Sing Alleluia! Jesus lives!
Salvation has been won!
To us eternal life he gives,
the Father's risen Son.

Love's all redeeming work is done,
the ransom has been paid,
the fight is o'er the battle won,
rejoice and sing today.

The empty tomb stands as a sign,
now broken is death's sting,
the gates of heaven stand open wide,
exalt our most high king.

So raise your joys and triumphs high,
O ransomed mortals sing,
proclaim the wondrous victory,
of Christ, our God and King

Text: Mark Sedio. © 1997 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.



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"Mark Sedio's Raise a Joyful Sound/Sing Alleluia! Jesus lives! is a very useful setting with two separate texts by the composer: the first is a paraphrase of the Venite, Psalm 95, while the second is appropriate for Easter and Eastertide. The writing is solid, the music is beautiful, and the combination is a fine contribution to the literature. It [is] the ideal I have in mind when I complain about the excesses of so many hymn concertati." -AAM Journal, January 1998


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