Required Resources: Unison Choir, Organ
There are now no excuses for not singing good, quality music with your children's choir.
All the music of God Is the King is by Mozart, and the English words are adapted from the Psalms.
The kids will sing this well, love it and the parents will wonder why their children are whistling classical tunes around the house.
The arranger has "purloined" three exceedingly beautiful Mozart melodies, one from his Solemn Vespers and two from the Coronation Mass.
The motet opens with the initial melody of the soprano solo, "Laudate Dominum," with the text "God is the King; let the world sing his praises." The aria's closing "Amen" finishes this section of the motet.
The organ introduces the second melody, from the "Benedictus" of the Coronation Mass. The choir sings, "Bless the Lord, my soul, adore Him, and remember all His works."
The last few measures of the Mass' "Agnus Dei," with the three modulatory fermati, lead to the choir's third melody, the "Dona nobis pacem" of the same Mass.
The text is "Sing to the Lord, be joyful, all ye lands."
Here, the sprightly melody is initially echoed by a solo stop on the organ, mimicking the interplay between soprano and tenor in the original.
The concluding music is set to the repeated text, "Alleluia. Amen."
The organ accompaniment is faithful to the Mozart orchestrations and is not overly difficult.
This is the perfect addition to your children's choir repertoire:
not only is it a beautiful liturgical piece, but it also exposes the young singers to one of the giants of Catholic church music.