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Phrases from Jeremiah 12 were selected for this choral setting because of the emphatically joyful celebration and expectation contained therein. Robert Shaw, shortly before his death, was quoted in The Choral Journal as saying that if he were to continue to compose, he would use more of the characteristics of the Jazz/swing genre. The composer states: "This was right down my alley. While I am not captured by much of the current folk and rock type music being played in churches, I nevertheless like the themes of joy which are often found in it. Theological stances in lyrics are not meaningful to me. I am drawn by the human, emotional reaction to the sense of the Divine Being's presence in the writer's life. Sing for Joy! is an attempt to capture that reaction."
|Series:||Sacred Choral Series|