COMPOSER 1945–2013

Opus 80

Let Them Praise (1984)

for Two-Part Chorus (Treble, Men's, or Mixed), Organ, and Handbells/Chimes

Text from Psalm 148

Duration: 7 min.

Premiere: 2016; Collectio Musicorum (New York, NY); J. Dailey

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Let Them Praise is a vibrant setting of Psalm 148 for two-part chorus, organ, and handbells (or chimes). Much of the work is cast in Rosner’s beloved irregular meters (such as 5/8 and 7/8). A slower, cantorial middle section leads to a reprise and a final extended Hallelujah section. The Hallelujahs are stretched further into a 5/4 meter to reach a grand climax. It was originally written for treble chorus, but the composer notes that it may also be performed by men’s or mixed choruses. (Notes by Carson Cooman)