The Reapers All with Their Sharp Sickles
SATB choir, soprano voice (a cappella)
Composed by Seth Houston. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series. Concert. Octavo. Santa Barbara Music Publishing #SBMP996. Published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (SB.SBMP-996).
Item Number: SB.SBMP-996
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Based on the American eighteenth-century folk hymn "Meditation," the text uses the metaphor of harvest for death and the second coming. A picturesque, dramatic piece, it opens with a lone soprano singing the folk-style melody, builds to layers of singers proclaiming the message, then winds down to let the soprano end the work.