Composer:   Jocelyn Hagen
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Edition:   SBMP 969
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Angela Broeker
University of St. Thomas 2010
R&R Chair College & University

Jocelyn Hagen is masterful at taking a simple melody and setting it in numerous ways to create a choral work. As this traditional melody is passed throughout the voice parts, Hagen writes accompanying material that 1) retains the character of the melody, 2) moves from neutral syllable to text, and 3) builds through the use of dynamics, complementary rhythmic figures, and vocal registers. The coda of hums and whistles makes for a satisfying, contemplative ending.