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
During a special worldwide devotional to youth on June 3, 2018, President Russell. M Nelson, Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, gave an invitation for “every young woman and every young man between the ages of 12 and 18 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enlist in the youth battalion of the…
Penitence tells a story of prayer, anguish, and forgiveness. The subject is one who repeatedly tries and fails to overcome a self-destructive habit, but with the help of God they ultimately conquer.It holds a special place for me as the first of my compositions ever publicly performed, in a recital in 2014. Duration: 4 minutes Back to piano music