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Composer: José Pagán

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Composer: Manuel José Alonso

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Tune Information

Composer: José Pagán
Composer: Manuel José Alonso
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 56511 21332 23217
Key: F Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1979 by Ediciones Musical PAX, administered in U.S. by OCP Publications.


José Pagán-Lopez (b. Fortuna, Murcia, Spain, 1916) composed ALABARE in the style of a folk song; the short phrases, the singing in parallel thirds, and the rhythmic style are clearly Hispanic in flavor. Make use of the little echo phrases in the refrain. The accompaniment is for piano or guitar; hand clapping or other light percussion (tambourine) may be added on the refrain. Sing ALABARE at a joyful tempo, perhaps with solo or group on the fast-moving text of the stanzas, but with all on the refrain. English-speaking congregations can easily learn to sing (at least) the refrain in Spanish; "Alabaré" fits the melodic rhythm much better than "Alleluia." (Note: Be sure to warn unfamiliar singers that this song covers three pages in the Psalter Hymnal.)

Pagán-Lopez was professor of harmony at the Higher Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid for eighteen years and cofounder of the Association for the Promotion of Religious Music, for which he served as national secretary and later, treasurer. He has composed music for the cinema and documentaries for television, directed several recording projects, and published a variety of compositions.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2009) pp. 4
  • Let It Rip! At the Piano 2: Congregational Song Accompaniments Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Eric Vollen
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2000) pp. 14

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editor J. Wayne Kerr
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2014) pp. 6
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume One Tunes A: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Stephen R. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2012) pp. 36
  • Hymnal Supplement 98 Organ Prelude Edition: Volume 5 Praise and Adoration
    Composer/Editors David A. Johnson; Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 34
  • Hymnal Supplement Organ Prelude Edition: Volume 5 Praise and Adoration
    Composer/Editors David A. Johnson; Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 34

Piano Solo

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    Composer/Editor Keith Kolander
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2003) pp. 14


Instances (1 - 24 of 24)
Text Info

Celebremos II #20

Chalice Hymnal #29

Flor y Canto #450

Flor Y Canto (2nd ed.) #630

Flor y Canto (3rd ed.) #618

Gather Comprehensive #542

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #710

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #826

Hymnal Supplement 98 #896

Libro de Liturgia y Cántico #582


Lutheran Service Book #799

Lutheran Service Book #800

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #502

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #234

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #720

RitualSong #662

Santo, Santo, Santo #373

Page Scan

Sing and Rejoice! #4

Singing Our Faith #257

Singing the New Testament #252

Songs for Life #193


With Heart and Voice #47

With One Voice #791

Worship (4th ed.) #618

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