Composition Spotlight: "Fighting Over What We Believe"
Date: August 24, 2014
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet. This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Fighting Over What We Believe by Elizabeth Alexander for SATB soloists and piano (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: High School Advanced
Uses: Concert or Church
Program Themes: Compassion, Differences, Opinions, Divided Beliefs, Peace
This Piece Would Program Well With: Day by Day by Schwartz/Poorman available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus
And now for something REALLY different. On first listen I wasn’t sure what this piece was. It sounds like an ensemble number from a Broadway musical sung at an ecumenical church service. What you will find here is a wonderful work with a passionate text that sums up the biggest issue of American culture at this time.
How many of you have friends of diverse political parties and religions on your Facebook Account? How many of you regularly discuss politics with people of other beliefs without demanding you are right? How do you feel about that?
If you want your audience to stop and think, this piece is for you!
Fighting Over What We Believe Is available from the composer’s website: http://www.seafarerpress.com/works/fighting-over-what-we-believe