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By Daniel Elder

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Mixed chorus, piano, chime, bass drum - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Daniel Elder. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Impressionistic, Modern. Score. 110 pages. Published by Daniel Elder (S0.655465).

Item Number: S0.655465

This stunningly incisive chamber choir oratorio tells the whole story of Absalom's rebellion against his father, King David, far beyond the common text "When David Heard." Featured alongside the biblical narrative are original studies of other historical characters that illuminate the most vital lessons for achieving peace in today's society. Inspired by gun violence, "Absalom" shines a critical light on the tribalism and gridlock of modern social politics in hopes of bringing us closer together again. From the composer, "Absalom is a call to listen; not to protest others, not to educate others, but to connect with them. The painful truth I’ve come to in the process of birthing this work is that no one is safe from criticism in this modern struggle, and no one is safely on the right side of history. Every individual, including myself, lies in the crosshairs of this musical statement. Only by stepping outside the borders of what we think is comfortable will we learn understanding. And by learning understanding, peace just might follow." This challenging 30-minute work is recommended for smaller, advanced chamber choirs.

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