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Once Upon a Tree

A Cantata

By Pepper Choplin

Choral (SATB)
A Cantata. Composed by Pepper Choplin. Arranged by Brant Adams. Shawnee Sacred. Cantata, Easter, Holy Week, Lent, Musicals. Softcover. 104 pages. Duration 2700 seconds. Shawnee Press #A7481. Published by Shawnee Press (HL.35016181).

Item Number: HL.35016181

6.75x10.5x0.344 inches. Pepper Choplin/orch. Brant Adams.

The musical is narrated by Luke as he writes of Jesus's last days on earth. Highly effective when presented by choir and narrator, but naturally suited for full staging. It may be performed in its entirety, or in segments at several services. The words and music of this Pepper Choplin cantata are very dynamic and will immerse the audience in the passion and intensity of the major events of Holy Week. As the character of Luke is deeply touched by the story he is recording, the choir and soloists assume his role in the drama. Once Upon a Tree was written for Pepper's own church, Greystone Baptist Church, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The choir rehearsed the musical as it was being written and played a special role as the work was formed and perfected. A profoundly moving experience for choirs and congregations.

  • Blessed Is He 
  • Crucify Him! 
  • Do This and Remember Me 
  • Father, Forgive Them 
  • Gethsemane 
  • Guilty of Innocense 
  • Jerusalem 
  • Now It's Time to Rest 
  • Once Upon a Tree 
  • The Song Lives On, Hallelujah 

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    B. Willis
    Littleton, NC
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • April 14, 2008 Pepper Chopin Shares his Gifts

    Once Upon a Tree is one of the best Easter presentations around. I have seen it performed and directed by Mr. Chopin and I have used numbers from it for special Easter Services. It is effective and easy to play and even used with untrained voices, it is relatively easy...

    to learn. I have used pieces as solos. A must try!

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