Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Jesus Lopez Moreno
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   VocalEsssence Music Press
Edition:   VEMP-1002-PDF or VEMP-1002-PRT
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   Accompanied


Ann L. Schrooten
Community Choirs; Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs
R&R Chair Children & Youth

We have Philip Brunelle to thank for bringing choral music and composers from Mexico to the attention of American choirs and their audiences. This selection, from the VocalEssance Cantare! Series, is a wonderful example of the kind of interesting and exciting choral music being composed in Mexico today. Many of the offerings in this series were written as the result of a year-long exchange between composers from Mexico and local school music programs.

This arrangement of the Cantate Domino text is infused with buoyancy, thanks to a lilting, sixteenth-note introduction for piano or organ in a meter that shifts between 9/8 and 6/8. Don’t be intimidated by the Spanish – it repeats and is easily learned over time by most elementary-aged singers. The word cantad! (“sing!”) is passed back and forth between the altos and sopranos, with harmony in thirds on the verse. The final refrain hands off the melody and first entrances to the altos, while the sopranos respond with a soaring line above for a great finish.