212 - Alleluia! The Strife is O'er

Tune: Victory

 

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Don't forget about those three alleluias which are sung before the whole show begins.  And while we're at it, in the third measure from the end, the low pedal note is shown as a D, but I disagree -- play a low A instead.  I think it gives the piece more forward motion.  The D resolves the II-II-VI-V harmonic progression at the end, whereas the A drives home the impatience of the dominant, making that whole measure a second-inversion of the tonic chord, moving toward the final V-I cadence.  More active, more musical.  A for active, D for dud.