My God is a Rock (in a Weary Land)
(SATB or SSA, piano) 5'00"
Rock the house with this electrifying setting of a passionate spiritual.
Listen (young voices) (mp3, 5.6 MB; New World Singers of the Columbus Youth Choirs (OH), Daniel Kallman conducting)
Listen (college treble voices) (mp3, 8.1 MB; Las Cantantes Women's Choir, Univ. of New Mexico; Maxine Thevenot, Director and Accompanist)
Listen (SATB) (mp3, 6.9 MB; International Staff Songsters of the United Kingdom; Dorothy Nancekievill, conductor)
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I conducted the premiere of this spiritual setting in May 2004 with the New World Singers of the Columbus (OH) Children's Choir, Sandy Mathias, Music Director. We dedicated the performance to the memory of Moses Hogan. He was originally to have fulfilled the commission which he had offered as a gift through the annual Chorus America silent auction. The Columbus Children's Choir had purchased the item in 2001, and after Moses' untimely death, Sandra contacted me to request that I fulfill it. The anthem is a rouser, and the CCC used it to close both of their spring benefit concerts. The music alternates abruptly from a gospel style with swung eighth notes on the refrain to a straight four on the verses. The piano part is exhilarating (a little more involved than the average treble choir accompaniment ) and all of the gospel sections are written out, so no improvisation is required.