In the Beginning

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In the Beginning

$3.10 per copy*

The cosmic theme of Genesis One is given a substantive treatment and evocative context in this major work for choir and ensemble. The music both honours traditional choral practice as well as keeps pace with the nuances of popular rhythm and line. An intriguing feature of the music is the inclusion of two episodes of whispered and voiced speech which suggest a kind of creative, albeit chaotic cauldron out of which the Almighty concocts his cosmic soup. All in all, a powerful musical experience for singers and audience alike . . . well suited to the grandness of the theme.

Backing ensemble (priced separately) includes 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and percussion battery. A second version for strings and woodwind backing will be added to LBM in the summer of 2016.

Canadian Festival Chorus and the International Staff Songsters.  Conducted by Len Ballantine


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When you purchase music for your choir, purchase the quantity of print copy licenses that is equal to the number copies required to rehearse and perform to work. For example, a typical church choir of 26 voices with a piano accompanist and conductor must purchase 28 copies of the music.

About the music

This music product is a digital download - instant access after purchase.

Preview Music: PDF Sample (click to open, right-click to save)
Words by: Len Ballantine (Adapted from Genesis 1)
Music by: Len Ballantine


  • Complex

Duration: 12.00
Orchestration: SATB, piano, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and percussion battery.


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