An Apocalyptic Alleluia (MMXI) (SATB)
An Apocalyptic Alleluia differs from the other settings on the alleluia text where they are mostly either majestic or contemplative. This piece projects a judgment day scenario where the ultimate battle between good and everything else takes place and this will not be an easy one. The underlying statement here is not - do not do unto others so that they will not do unto you, but rather - judge and be prepared to be judged.
It opens with powerful chords heralding the time of judgment and then proceeds with ostinati passages suggesting the shadow of judgment hovering and ready to descend upon all creation. A mysterious and tranquil middle section then appears just as the dust of judgment begins to settle and then builds up for one final battle, culminating in a triumphant ending - signifying that good has triumphed over everything else.
For an effective performance, the composer recommends a minimum number of very strong singers for this piece: 3 sopranos,4 altos, 5 tenors, 4 basses.