Lamentations of Jeremiah

Lamentaciones de Jeremias
Composed by Z. Randall Stroope
Voicing: SATB
Instrumentation: piano (* opt. full orchestral arrangement, or ** wind ensemble accompaniment)
Catalog number: AMP 0356
Price: $2.40

* Orchestral score and parts available from the publisher: AMP-0356PS

The composer chose this text because of its “human-ness”. Suffering to a greater or lesser degree is common to all human beings. The present musical setting of these lamentations seeks to capture the wide range of emotions which Jeremiah must have felt grief-stricken, alone, ready to cry out, sobbing uncontrollably, and torn between belief and his circumstance. Indeed, the composer has sought to firmly root the listener's feet “in the soil” of life and let him or her feel sorrow in one breath and love in the next. Choirs must communicate this array of juxtaposed passions to the listeners, who will understand and will know all too well many of these feelings. The piece ends in a sudden overwhelming feeling of confidence and unleashed power in his Lord (“Domine”) and the strength of that relationship in difficult times.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Z. Randall Stroope
is an American composer and conductor. www.zrstroope.com His compositions are frequently heard on internet media, television broadcasts, and NPR radio, as well as on programs of esteemed ensembles throughout the world. Randall has composed over 180 works, having studied with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood ‐ both students of the famous French teacher, Nadia Boulanger. He is the Artistic Director of two summer music festivals in Europe, has conducted at Carnegie Hall (New York) every year since 2001, and is a university professor. (See www.zrstroope.com for a complete biography and list of works.)

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