Category: CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer: Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Publisher: Heritage Choral Series
Sonnesyn Elementary, New Hope 2007
R&R Chair Children & Youth
Ms. Lightfoot has composed a lovely setting of this traditional Latin text. Music and text blend to offer a gentle song of peace. It sings well in the child’s voice with a comfortable vocal range. Encouraging young children to sing expressively is easy with this beautiful lyrical melody. Entrances are staggered to add texture to the A section. There is a feel of simple polyphony. To add a contrast, the B section modulates to the lowered 7th and cleverly finds its way back to the original key. At this point, one can almost see the “sunrise.” The first melody returns and flows into the coda-like ending. Et in Terra Pax offers a good opportunity to work on Latin vowel production and diction.