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Every purpose under the heaven: The King James Bible Oratorio (Choral Score)

By Howard Goodall

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Soprano voice solo, tenor voice solo, SATB choir and chamber orchestra or piano (Orchestra: B-flat Cornet, Harp, Acoustic guitar (1-2 players if gently amplified, otherwise 3-5 players), Piano, opt. Organ, Timpani, Percussion (2 players), Strings (min 6-4-4-4-2)) - Intermediate
Composed by Howard Goodall (1958-). Multi-Movement/Large Choral Work. 21st Century, Word of God. Choral score. MorningStar Music Publishers #56-0003. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.56-0003).

Item Number: MN.56-0003

English. John 1:1, 4-5, 14; Genesis 1:1-2, 14, 16, 20; Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4-8; Psalms 121:1-3, 5-8; Ruth 1:16-17; John 15:12-13; Galatians 5:15; Matthew 16:26; Matthew 25:35-40; Matthew 5:3-11; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8; John 8:12; Timorthy 1:7; Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corint.

Every purpose under the heaven, arranged for an accompanied mixed voices choir with soprano and tenor solos, is a musical tribute to one of the most important cultural landmarks of Western civilization - the 1611 King James Bible. Written in celebration of the Bible's 400-year anniversary, Goodall has brought together ten of the most expressive passages, from Genesis to Revelation, to create an oratorio that is at once steeped in historic grandeur and utterly relevant in today's society. Musically, it displays all the hallmarks of Goodall's well-loved style - soaring melodies, rhythmic vitality and perfectly crafted lines. However, this work offers singers and audiences something more: an opportunity to introduce new generations to the expressive power and ancient truths of this historic text.

Commissioned as a gift to the United Learning Trust, Every purpose under the heaven is suitable for young singers, choral societies and church choirs of all abilities. It may be accompanied by piano, using the reduction provided, or chamber orchestra.

1. In the beginning
2. There is a season
3. I will lift up mine eyes
4. Thee and me
5. Fulfilled in one word
6. I was a stranger
7. Blessed
8. Nover faileth
9. The light of the world
10. A new heaven, a new earth.

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