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All Await

All Await

Product Number: 8335*

Composer: Gifford, Nancy

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8335 All Await
file_8335-E All Await (Downloadable)
*Downloadable choral octavo minimum order quantity is 6.


All Await was commissioned by Trinity Presbyterian Church, Berwyn, Pennsylvania, in celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary. It received its premiere performance at Trinity Church in December, 2012 by the Chancel Choir and Director Paul Vanderslice.
Nancy Gifford was asked to compose a celebratory piece for this occasion based on an Advent theme. The text was inspired by a fourth-century hymn of St. Ambrose of Milan, Veni, Redemptor gentium. In this context, All Await echoes elements of traditional western sacred music while using today’s language.
The piece begins plaintively in the E natural minor mode and suddenly breaks into joyful polyphony. In the second section (the Gloria Patri adapted into English), we move into E Major and the music becomes more rhythmic and robust. The climax of the piece describes the angel Gabriel’s message
to Mary, when “the Word of God descends.” Dramatically descending melodic lines appear, sung in turn by each voice part and then played by the organ.
Repetition and reinvention of these musical ideas follow, with marked contrasts in texture, dynamics, articulation, and expression. Short organ interludes occur throughout the piece, introducing new sections of choral music. This work ends with a short coda, closing with the words “All await,” sung by the chorus three times and answered by the organ.
Duration: 3:30

Additional Information

Product Number 8335*
Composer Gifford, Nancy
Voicing & Instruments SATB Chorus and Organ
Liturgical Year Advent
Difficulty Moderately Easy
Liturgical Music Marian
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Recording Credits Recorded by The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton, Minneapolis, MN. Recording Engineer: David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions.
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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