Joyful Alleluia

One of the parish’s favorite settings for the Gospel Acclamation is a nearly hidden chestnut in the GIA catalogue by Howard Hughes, SM. We pull it out for Christmas and Easter seasons. The most difficult thing is getting one or two musicians to think seven, not eight:


“Joyful Alleluia” by Howard Hughes, SM Copyright © 1973, 1979 by GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

My music director during my grad school days sang this at another parish. While we never used this setting for our ensemble back then, I thought it greatly adaptable for contemporary genres.

The above recording was lifted from Easter 10:30 Mass, where we enjoyed a full house. And a bit more. The percussion instruments are piano (obviously) and cajon. And about that cajon, it puts out a decent sound for a little box.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Joyful Alleluia

  1. Regie, or Not Regie? says:

    Thanks for sharing this recording. This Alleluia is in the new Presbyterian hymnal and I’ve been thinking about using it. Hearing your rendition is very helpful! Thanks again. Rob

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