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by Various Artists

A non-pop work for soloists, chorus, and orchestra--oratorio--in the classical style.
Genre: Classical: Oratorios
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  Song Share Time Download
1. And Now a Great Sign Appeared
Dylan Garrett
1:31 $0.99
2. Then a Second Sign Appeared
Rachel Alexander, Marisan Corsino, Jonathan Helvering & John Hendrix
3:20 $0.99
3. In the Beginning
Evening Song & Orchestra Indianapolis
4:05 $0.99
4. For Behold
Rachel Alexander
1:11 $0.99
5. And Thou Bethlehem
Marisan Corsino
0:47 $0.99
6. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
Evening Song & Orchestra Indianapolis
4:02 $0.99
7. There Were Shepherds
Rachel Alexander & Steve Cumming
1:22 $0.99
8. Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Evening Song & Orchestra Indianapolis
3:57 $0.99
9. When the Eighth Day Came
Marisan Corsino & Isabella Markham
1:30 $0.99
10. Where Is Jesus?
Rachel Alexander, Jonathan Helvering, Phil Palermo & Evening Song
0:56 $0.99
11. They Found Him in the Temple
Rachel Alexander, Marisan Corsino & Dylan Garrett
1:47 $0.99
12. Though They Understood Not
Marisan Corsino & Isabella Markham
0:49 $0.99
13. The Voice of One
Jonathan Helvering & Carol Harlos
2:49 $0.99
14. O Generation of Vipers
Jonathan Helvering & Evening Song
2:50 $0.99
15. Then What Shall We Do?
Jonathan Helvering & Evening Song
2:20 $0.99
16. I Baptize You With Water
Jonathan Helvering & Orchestra Indianapolis
3:23 $0.99
17. The Three Temptations
Steve Cumming, John Hendrix, Evening Song & Kelly Poole
2:40 $0.99
18. Beatitudes
John Hendrix & Orchestra Indianapolis
3:46 $0.99
19. Let Your Light so Shine
Evening Song & Orchestra Indianapolis
3:11 $0.99
20. I Am the Resurrection
John Hendrix
0:45 $0.99
21. He Was Despised
Marisan Corsino, Jonathan Helvering, John Hendrix & Evening Song
6:36 $0.99
22. Mary's Lament
Rachel Alexander & Orchestra Indianapolis
6:03 $0.99
23. In My Distress
Rachel Alexander, Marisan Corsino, Jonathan Helvering, John Hendrix & Evening Song
3:54 $0.99
24. He Is Risen!
Evening Song & Orchestra Indianapolis
2:55 $0.99
25. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Evening Song & Orchestra Indianapolis
4:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
I started writing this oratorio in 1978 as a learning exercise. The core of it--45 minutes--was completed in 1981 and performed in a church. Periodically I would get an idea, e.g., John the Baptist, and find myself putting together a libretto from scripture that would capture the essence of that person or event and then setting it to music. It finally came to a head in 2005 when I was encouraged by friends to finish it and re-orchestrate it for high quality instrumentalists.

The time spent writing the music and then the engraving, editing, and parts extraction had to come after work, family, and church duties so it took until April 15, 2009 to be completed.

Since scripture comes from differing writers, cultures, languages, and time periods it has an eclectic feel to it, but the overall spirit and messages seem to repeat themselves. Testament is about "peace" (harmony) first and foremost with the understanding that it comes with a price (discord). The story of Jesus of Nazareth can be and has been a very important part of so many lives, each with his or her own ideas as to the meanings of the many parts it contains. It is my wish for listeners to be able to comfortably place whatever belief systems they choose into this work, enjoy the story, and leave edified, lifted, and with the conviction to work for peace every way possible.

A full list of participants will be forthcoming either here or on my personal website along with other titles and choral and vocal solos for sale.



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