Publisher: Novello & Co
commissioned by William Ferris Chorale for their 20th anniversary season
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
This little tribute to William Ferris and the William Ferris Chorale, commissioned by and dedicated to them with love, consists of two sections, the first slow and the second quick. The text is simply the two words of the title, the Amen being the first section and (with minimal overlap of the text) the Alleluia the second. In each part, the relevant word is gradually built up from its component syllables or sounds (in the Amen, at one point all four letters are sung simultaneously), and the second section is a gradual progress from a quiet, light texture to a blazing final cadence.
© 1991 John McCabe
Iain Farrington, organ