Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Z. Randall Stroope
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Heritage Music Press
Edition:   15/1316H
Voicing:   Three-Part Mixed
Setting:   piano, string quartet & oboe (optional)

Reviewer:   

Sheila Shusterich
Ordean East Middle School
R&R Chair Middle Level & Jr High

In our school, the 8th graders study the Holocaust during the Spring semester, so I would introduce this selection to coincide with their studies. Z. Randall Stroope (b.1953) used the text found inscribed on cellar walls in Cologne, Germany, in a location where Jews were being hidden from the Nazis, and set it to a beloved Russian folk tune. The opportunity to present this historic information via a student narrator over the piano accompaniment prior to the choir’s entrance creates a moving and heartfelt mood. This selection is available in Two-Part, Three-Part Mixed, SATB, SSA, and TTB arrangements with optional string quartet and oboe parts.


Link:  https://lorenz.com/shop/school-and-community-choral/octavos/inscription-of-hope-8


Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAFzjjFdcYE