All of Us Be FreeMichael John Trotta - Hampton Roads Music Group, LLC
The exciting rhythmic underpinning of the choir lays a energetic foundation for a enchanting melody that breathes life into a timeless text. The piece highlights the text "when all hate is turned to love, then heaven and earth shall blend. "The piece concludes with a rousing mixed-meter declamation, "When all are free, then freedom shall reign!" This setting was written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This work combines the text of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave and text inspired by the writings of seminal Methodist thinkers Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury. Written in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, this work uses the text alluded to in the work of Coke and Asbury as an rhythmic ostinato on which the rest of the piece is based. (Act's 17:26 "From one is made every nation, to live on all the face of the earth.") The resounding chorus "Cease we not the fight of faith, till all of us be free," is taken from the The Anti-Slavery Harp, 1848 and highlights both the considerable obstacles that have been overcome since the mid-19th century while at the same time gives voice to the continued struggle for freedom throughout the world.