Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home was released June 18, 2015.
Be Praised My Lord by Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder is a prayerful expression and musical response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home (June 18, 2015). The lyrics, derived from the encyclical’s title, are from St. Francis of Assisi’s poem and prayer, “Canticle of the Creatures/Sun” – God is praised for all creation.
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Written in ABA form, flexible modifications are provided for either a choral anthem, an assembly piece and a treble choir.
Option 1: SATB CHOIR: Because the melody line is shifted from Altos and Tenors in sections A/C to Sopranos and Basses in section B, musicians are reminded that the melody line should hold prominence with the other lines complimenting the song.
Section A is repeated three times:
Altos and Tenors sing the melody
Basses join in the repeat on their countermelody
Sopranos join in on the third time with a modified descant
Section B (measure 9) can be repeated two or three times:
Note that the melody shifts to the Sopranos and Basses in a homophonic texture with the Altos and Tenors
Section A returns (texture dynamics beings utilized)
SATB are singing simultaneous.
The Sopranos will sing their part once
Basses will sing their part twice
The melody (Altos and Tenors) will sing their parts three times
SATB will join in the last two measures at pp
Option 2: SAB CHOIR, drop the tenor line.
Option 3: WITH CONGREGATIONAL PARTICIPATION, it is suggested that the cantor/song leader facilitate the singing.
Options 4, 5, 6, 7: WITH ACCOMPANIMENT- Written primarily a cappella, possible accompaniments are listed:
SATB with percussion (bodhran, djembe or congos – simple rhythmic scheme)
Congregational use with piano and/or guitars filling in the harmonic structure (piano: melody and harmony)
SATB with handbells
2-part (SA) treble chorus with Orff instruments
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