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A song written by Pablo Fernández Badillo, a Presbyterian missionary from Puerto Rico who writes in traditional and contemporary hymn styles, often including the elements of folk or popular music. Like Haydn's great oratorio The Creation, Alabanza celebrates the glory of the Creator in the magnificent flowering of the natural world. This nature is filled with the particular accents of Badillo's homeland, the duende (a smallish, purple flower) and the coquí (a small frog-like animal that makes singing sounds). Alabanza is one of 104 hymns Badillo published in 1977 in Himnario Criollo.
All Around the Child
A song for the Christmas/Solstice holiday season that might be used anytime of celebrating a birth. This piano accompaniment is an SATB four-part harmonization. A more diverse SATB choral arrangement is available from Jim Scott Music.
As We Sing of Hope and Joy
This song is also available as a choral version from Seafarer Press.
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Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2012.