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When It Was Yet Dark

By S. Hatfield

Chorus (SSA choir a cappella)
Composed by S. Hatfield. Arranged by Stephen Hatfield. Boosey & Hawkes Sacred Choral. American, Classical, Contemporary. Octavo. 8 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051468720. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48004621).

Item Number: HL.48004621

6.75x10.5 inches.

Set to a beautiful old hymn tune from an 1855 collection, this piece offers much scope for phrasing and word painting as the singers recreate the setting from outside the tomb, and explore the psychology of one of the Bible's most famous and timeless characters, Mary Magdalene. (3:00).

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  • 5

    Brad Hayashi
    Tucson, AZ
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  • June 14, 2019 Accessible, gorgeous

    Anything Hatfield is going to be a winner for your singers and audience. Hatfield writes so that EVERY part is interesting and that no voice part is left bored. He also writes with great understanding and care for the voice pedagogically, no strain and all fun and fulfilling. I am...

    completing the only dissertation currently on Hatfield. If you have any questions about this work, you may contact me. Or you can contact him through his website.This stays SSA throughout, no divisi, unaccompanied. Beautiful lines, definite room for shaping of phrases and expression. Great voice leading. Please take some rubato between verses (form). Please do the dynamics exactly as Hatfield has indicated. Your ladies and audience will love it. Text tells the First Easter story from Mary Magdalena's perspective. Medium to medium easy difficulty, depending on your group.

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  • 5

    San Diego, CA
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  • June 15, 2008 Brings chills to the spine

    My daughter's advanced high school women's choir performed this song and it is gorgeous.

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