Daniel Pinkham: Alleluia! Now Is the Hour of Darkness Past

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A graduate of Harvard College—and for many years Director of Music at King’s Chapel, Boston—Daniel Pinkham ‘43 was one of America’s most distinguished composers, and one of Boston’s most beloved musical figures. His festive “Alleluia! Now Is the Hour of Darkness Past” is quintessential Pinkham, in which a lively tune is combined with slightly unusual harmonies and subjected to various rhythmic distortions.

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Alleluia!

Now is the hour of darkness past;
Christ hath assumed his reigning power.
Behold the great accuser cast
Down from the skies, to rise no more.

Alleluia!

’Twas by thy blood, immortal Lamb,
Thine armies trod the tempter down;
’Twas by thy word and powerful name
They gained the battle and renown.

Alleluia!

Rejoice ye heavens! Let every star
Shine with new glories round the sky!
Saints, while ye sing the heavenly war,
Raise your Redeemer’s name on high.

Alleluia!

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

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from Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide, released April 20, 2014

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For over 175 years the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of the Memorial Church. Its program of daily choral services, broadcasts, tours, commissions, and recordings make it one of the premier college chapel ensembles in the United States. ... more

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