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Chosen People

An affirmation of the blessedness of all people
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander
Commissioned by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

Chosen People traces a path from the Bible's iconic stories – the apple, the ark, the whale – to its more challenging questions of forgiveness and compassion. Widely arching melody lines wind though the accompaniment, moving through shadow and light, and ultimately leading to the song's prophetic conclusion: "The next chapters are ours to imagine."

The third movement of Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith, Chosen People may be performed as a stand-alone piece.

* Note: The Choral Score is designed to be used with chamber ensemble performances as well as those accompanied only by piano. For all chamber ensemble performances, the conductor should use the Conductor's Score of the complete work (SEA-123-00).

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-123-00 SATB, flute, horn, piano, string quartet - Conductor's Score - Complete multi-movement work
Oversized 11"x14" score, coil-bound with cardstock cover
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Sheet Music $30.00
SEA-123-00DEL SATB, flute, horn, piano, string quartet - Conductor's Score - Complete multi-movement work
Oversized 11"x14" licensed PDF
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Licensed PDF $30.00
SEA-123-03 SATB, piano - Choral Score - Individual Movement
Use with chamber ensemble OR piano accompaniment
5' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-3-chosen_people.mp3 Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-123-03DEL SATB, piano - Choral Score - Individual Movement
Use with chamber ensemble OR piano accompaniment
5' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-3-chosen_people.mp3 Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-123-09 SATB, piano - Choral Score - Complete multi-movement Work
Use with chamber ensemble OR piano accompaniment. Coil-bound with cardstock cover
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Sheet Music $12.00
SEA-123-09DEL SATB, piano - Choral Score - Complete multi-movement Work
Use with chamber ensemble OR with piano accompaniment. Licensed PDF, 68 pages long, suitable for coil-binding or for use in a 3-ring binder.
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Licensed PDF $12.00

Chosen People

Elizabeth Alexander

As children we are enchanted by the apple, the ark, the whale,
The boy with the slingshot, the baby in the barn.
Later we grapple with forgiveness, resurrection and compassion.
Chosen people are everywhere now – in the market, under the bridge.
The next chapters are ours to imagine.

Composer's Note: 

"My parents were deeply engaged with the vivid stories and heart-rending questions of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and my childhood was better for it. The tenderness and passion in “Chosen People” reflect my gratitude and affection for this rich tradition." -EA

Performers: 

SATB, flute, horn, string quartet

Premiere: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston / Jason Oby (Houston, TX)
Choir of Arlington Street Church / Mark Buckles (Boston, MA)
Choir of Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church / Mark Tuning (Walnut Creek, CA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta / Donald Milton III (Atlanta, GA)
St Luke Presbyterian Church / David Lohman (St. Louis Park, MN)

SATB, piano
First Unitarian Univeralist Church of Rochester / Joe Mish (Rochester, MN)

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