Composed 1992

This haunting melody in the minor mode becomes increasingly more stirring as it modulates up a step before each new verse. While rich in Hanukkah (Chanukah) imagery, Celebration transcends one specific historical reference to speak in a broader sense about the miracle that will happen “when children can live in a world without fear.”

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Musical Form:

Verse 1
Verse 2
Verse 3

Suggested Uses:

Winter holiday concert; Hanukkah (Chanukah); cultural celebrations

Performance Options:

Students could be encouraged to write about celebrations in their own homes, within their own cultures;  clusters of these vignettes could be read by the students between each verse of the song, as the accompanist improvises, before modulating into the next verse

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