Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Jackson Berkey
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Soli Deo Gloria Press
Edition:   SDG91-100
Voicing:   SSAA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Sigrid Johnson
St. Olaf College 1999
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

This is an exciting, energetic and intense piece of music. It is rhythmically challenging; drawing attention to the wide variety of meters, and requires very competent keyboardists (piano and synthesizer). Its driving rhythms and building harmonies create great excitement in the music, which is enhanced by the intricacies in the keyboard scoring. In the mid-section of the piece (Alleluia) there is a more melodically ethereal chant-like legato line which offers stark contrast to the beginning section. The legato section however, then rebuilds back to a huge climactic point and to return of the beginning “Gloria” theme ending in a strong and confident “Amen!”. The accompaniment offers several possible combinations of keyboards.