Let Everything Praise! (2003)

Judd Street Collection 634 (publ. 2008)
Duration: approx. 5:00 mins

Drawing inspiration from Psalm 148 and themes from Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird, Let Everything Praise! is an overture based on the  hymn All Creatures of our God and King. The piece is intended either as a stand-alone concert opener or as the central music in a ‘total theatre’ presentation that could include forms of expression such as multimedia, drama and dance.  

The working title of this piece was Colours of Gold  but I'm glad I finally settled on Let Everything Praise! as it's more peppy plus the spelling translates on both sides of the Atlantic :-) 

The piece has proved popular and I'm very grateful that it has been recorded by the International Staff Band, the Melbourne Staff Band and Household Troops Band among others. Notably it was featured by the ISB as the opener to the 2009 Gospel Arts Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Francis of Assisi c. 1225 trs. William Henry Draper (1855-1933)
SA Songbook 2 (Tune: St Francis TB 45)

I often get asked why this piece has the same ending as my arrangement of In Christ Alone. Here's the deal:

When LEP was written in 2003 the UK music department didn't consider it suitable for publication at that time.  I held on to the piece and when writing In Christ Alone a year later, was stuck for a good ending.  So, knowing that LEP had to be laid to rest, I lifted the ending of LEP and bolted on the end of In Christ Alone. I then submitted In Christ Alone for publication.

In 2005 the Melbourne Staff Band got in contact, asking if I had anything that might be of use to them.  Not having heard whether In Christ Alone was to be published either, I sent them LEP and they recorded it and used it as the title track on their album in 2006.

Original version by 
Melbourne Staff Band
from their album
Let Everything Praise! (2006)

Let Everything Praise! (original ending).mp3

Revised ending version by the ISB
from their album
Seize the Day (2010)

Let Everything Praise! (revised ending).mp3

 Sample score page
(right-click to download or 
open in a new window)

Let everything praise p1.pdf Let everything praise p1.pdf
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After that, I was approached by the UK Music Department who, having had a change of heart, now wanted to publish LEP after all!  So it needed a new ending, and the 2008 published piece has the revised ending.

I have had bands ask me for the original ending and I am happy to provide this free of charge as long as the piece has been purchased from SP&S Ltd.

Hope all that makes sense.  As they say at the end of the UK TV show Crimewatch, 'don't have nightmares, do sleep well.'  

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