Yeshua, Our Dedication

Lynn Job

About this work:
Publisher: Buckthorn Music Press Registered: ASCAP Duration: 5:00 min. Text: English, original, 3 stanzas plus refrain and amens. Poetic meter of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" Purpose: Christmas and Hanukkah NOTES: Initially written in 2 days in response to a request by the American Composers Forum, VocalEssence, and Minnesota Public Radio, this is a very Millennial hymn - tuneful but dramatic. "Yeshua, Our Dedication" blends lovely traditional harmonies with modal gestures mixing cultural references in a text for Messianic Congregations, or anyone with an interest in the First Century Church. Yeshua (Jesus) did of course celebrate The Feast of Dedication (Festival of Lights, Hanukkah), mentioned in John 10: 22-23. December’s winter solstice (Christmas) is also held to be the time King Solomon dedicated the First Temple, a temple story even older than the celebrated Maccabee miracle (166 B.C.) which instituted the Feast of Dedication. While Christmas tends toward emphasis of the birth, it’s also a time for discussion of Messiah’s whole life story both then and now and to come. The composer used the poetic meter of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” to inspire her lyrics, and the music was written after the text. This is the first carol by this composer.
Version: SATB with Sop. Recorder/Flute
Year composed: 2004
Duration: 00:05:00
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices:Chorus with One Non-Keyboard Instrument
Instrumentation: ,1 Flute soloist(s), 1 S, 1 A, 1 T, 1 B
Instrumentation notes: for soprano (treble) recorder - substitute modern C flute or wood flute if preferred (high D top note)

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