Hear, O Israel

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Difficulty
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Voicing(s)
Instrumental Only?
No
Description

Grade 3-6 Children’s Choir (or ANY age choir) for unison treble voices and piano, with optional treble solo
Text: Carol Mc,Clure
Worship Use: World Communion, Communion
Vocal Range: d to d’
Key: d minor/F major
Meter: 4/4 and 3/4
Description: Hear, O Israel, is an easily remembered melody with eighth note accompaniment. Opening in d minor, this anthem begins with a recitativ-like (optional) solo, “Hear, O Israel, and America, and Afghanistan and Russia and Italy: the Lord Our God is One!”).

Teaching Guide

  • Teach the choristers to sing the intervals in bars 12-19.
  • Teach the choristers to chant the words in rhythm; teach meter changes.
  • Teach the choristers to sing the melody on the syllable “lo,O” (without piano).
  •  Teach each phrase with text and melody together, emphasizing breath support.
  • If a group of choristers is singing the solo part together, work on making this section sound like a recitativ, rather than sounding metered.
Audio
Lyrics

Hear, O Israel, and America, and Afghanistan and Russia and Italy:
the Lord Our God is One!

God of Creation, Who brought light from dark,
Who formed sea and land, Who made each blazing star,
You mixed the colors of each hand and face;
You formed each child of each nation and race.

Sing, creation, to your Maker, By whose hand the world was begun!
Sing, each nation, “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord! Our God is One!”

God of each nation, Guide us by Your word;
May Your glory shine and may Your voice be heard;
May we turn into ploughshare the brandishing sword, and
Worship together our One God and Lord.

Sing, creation, to your Maker, By whose hand the world was begun!
Sing, each nation, “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord! Our God is One!”

Hear, O Israel, and America, and Afghanistan and Russia and Italy:
the Lord Our God is One!