Jacob of Heaven and Inscription of Hope

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Jacob HiteMr. NeisenConcert Choir12 January 2018Z. Randall StroopeI chose to write about Z. Randall Stroope for my choir paper. Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer. He was born on October 25, 1953 in  the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently sixty five years old.Not a lot is known about his early life. He graduated the University of Colorado, earning a master’s degree in voice performance. Stroope earned his doctorate at Arizona State University for conducting.Z. Randall Stroope first began composing pieces at the age of 10. But, it was not until he wrote The Cloths of Heaven and Inscription of Hope that he gained popularity. Stroope has published over 165 pieces. Some of his more famous pieces are Lamentaciones de Jeremias, I Am Not Yours, Homeland, Song to the Moon, and Go Lovely Rose. More recently, he has conducted at Santa Maria (Rome), Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), St. John (Canada), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in (Washington D.C.), and many more. In the summer he is also the Artistic Director at two summer music festivals in Europe. The Cloths of Heaven was the piece that really gained Z. Randall Stroope attention. The text was written by William Butler Yeats and published in 1899. I chose this song, because it was the song that made him known. The Cloths of Heaven is a slow song, the lyrics are over a hundred years old, but still very relatable to this day. It was written in SATB and is three minutes and thirty-six seconds long. The only instrument in the piece is the piano and overall it is a pretty easy song.The Cloths of Heaven is written in English and has a very dramatic feel, but I don’t hear it as sad or happy. To me the piece is telling a story, a story that needs to be told. It relates to everyone differentlyhttps://www.jwpepper.com/Cloths-of-Heaven/1589696.item#/submitSources Citedhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z._Randall_Stroopehttp://www.zrstroope.com/biography/https://www.jwpepper.com/The-Cloths-of-Heaven/10348680.item#/submit

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