Composer:   Allen Pote
Publisher:   Hope Publishing Company
Edition:   F979
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied, optional brass and handbells


Harry Mechell
Winona State University, Winona, MN (1991-92)
R&R Chair College & University

Allen Pote’s, “A Jubilant Song,” set for SATB chorus with optional brass, handbells and keyboard is a very effective setting of the texts from Psalms 90 and 96. This 3 minute anthem is not difficult and can serve as an excellent piece to use when combining choirs at festivals. The ranges, tessituras and difficulty of the voice and keyboard parts are all moderate. The textures are interesting and contrasting. After a brief keyboard and brass fanfare (2 trumpets, 2 trombones), the chorus enters antiphonically with the brass. Next follows a brief fugal section, a slower, softer legato melody for women’s voices and, finally, a return to the opening choral brass opening. A descant for high voices, added near the end, helps to create a very dramatic close. This is a very useful selection which is easy to put together in a festival setting and is always very well received by singers and audiences alike.