Bethlehem Hallelu composed by Jay Althouse. Choir Sacred. This edition: SoundTrax CD. Choral Octavo. Choral Designs. Christmas; Sacred; Winter. Accompaniment and performance CD. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20141).
It has hints of Africa, as well as the Caribbean. Certainly, Bethlehem Hallelu has its roots in the African Diaspora. It's rhythmic and melodic, in a walking tempo wich anchors the piece as it builds through several rising modulations. A part for two drums is included in the publication and Jay Althouse lists no less than eight performances options in his Performance Notes, including voices with drum and bass. Tailor it to your needs and the talents of your students, or use the "world music" SoundTrax CD.
Recorded Acc. Available.
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The Alfred Choral Designs Series provides student and adult choirs with a variety of secular choral music that is useful, practical, educationally appropriate, and a pleasure to sing. To that end, the Choral Designs series features original works, folk song settings, spiritual arrangements, choral masterworks, and holiday selections suitable for use in concerts, festivals, and contests.