I started writing “Hallelujah” in December of 2018. At the time, Zach Griffin and I were regularly doing Four-Hand piano numbers together and we had talked about trying to make a full Christmas album the next year. I thought it would be good to have a couple original numbers for that set and this light melody was the result. I think I was also inspired by Peter Hollens’ “December Song” which I had recently heard for the first time. In any case, this was originally going to be a Four-Hand piano piece, but I ended up adapting it as a solo work.
Included in your download are two alternate scorings for the last section of the piece: one with vocals, and one where the vocals are omitted, instead covering the melody in the piano. Also included are a few performance notes and tips.
Duration: 5 minutes 15 seconds
This arrangement is perfect for a young middle school choir. Your students will find the simple two-part harmonies and echoes very accessible and fun. About two and a half minutes long, the energetic piano part makes this song delightful. This arrangement is written to include a class songwriting project – in the section from measure 52 to 72, take student…
This energetic arrangement was the first that Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin performed as Rising Action Piano. Full of quick, short references to other Christmas favorites, it’s a difficult number but the fun is well worth it. Duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds (Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin) Back to piano music