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He Who Appoints the Sun (SATTBB a cappella)

Pavel Tschesnokoff (1877-1944) wrote a beautiful Russian Orthodox-style choral anthem titled "Salvation is Created." The somber feel of the anthem and long, soaring lines make it a wonderfully rich listening experience.

This offering is the text from Jeremiah 31:35 set to Tschesnokoff's wonderful sonorous harmony. The rhythm has been "reformatted" to make it easier to read, and the meter was made somewhat more regular.

The full lyric is:

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He who appoints the sun, the sun to shine by day,
He who appoints the sun, the sun to shine by day,
He who appoints the sun, the sun to shine by day,
Decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, shine by night,

He who stirs up the sea, He who stirs up the sea,
He who stirs up the sea, He who stirs up the sea,
So that its waves roar, so that its waves roar,
The Lord Almighty is His name, is His name.

Lord Almighty.

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The vocal range is quite challenging on this one. The second basses will need a quality low D, and the sopranos will have several opportunites at a high A. This is a very sonorous piece and is quite interesting to perform.

MP3 sound sample: Entire piece (synthesizer/midi).

HE WHO APPOINTS THE SUN, Jeremiah 31:35 set to Pavel Tschesnokoff's SATTBB a cappella anthem "Salvation is Created", comes in a PDF file of 952K that contains a four page full score plus a license page, five pages in all. Performance time should be around 2:40.

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