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The Lord at First Did Adam Make

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Scored for SATB Choir, Flute

This traditional English carol connects the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Christ's gracious Incarnation and sacrificial redemption. The variations in the refrain text can make the piece appropriate for Lent, Advent, and Christmas Eve. The arrangement is a crescendo of dynamics, rhythm, and texture.

For stanza one, the simplicity of solos reflects the innocence of the Garden. In stanza two, the weaving dissonances of the women look and sound like a squirming, devious serpent followed by the men's outburst of rebellious transgression. Stanza three expands into ever-richer layers of God�s mercy, giving way to the jubilant flute in the last refrain. This is our joyful response to God's love: to accept the holy life made possible by God's grace, ending on a major chord that looks up to heaven.

Recorded by Christus Chorus, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota

SATB, Soloist
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Instrumentation: Flute SATB
Season: Lent
Difficulty: Difficult