I had the pleasure of directing an excellent parish choir in the late 1990’s, and that pleasure was doubled because of the superb accompanist that was on staff. Each year I was determined to compose a new Christmas carol as well as a new Easter carol, the latter always featuring “alleluia” in the text. One such piece was This Our Joy and This Our Feast, whose primary text is derived from the Piae Cantiones, a collection of late medieval Latin songs first published in 1582. This anthem features a dazzling piano part that I composed to showcase the skills of the aforementioned accompanist… and plenty of “alleluias”. For SATB choir, piano and trumpet, it is available for purchase at giamusic.com.
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