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Idumea (SSAA)

Idumea  (SSAA)

5+: 1.60 ea.
100+: 1.50 ea.


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Voicing: SSAA with clarinet and violin
Arranged by Richard Bjella

"Idumea" (1991 Sacred Harp, page 47b) is the Latin form of the Biblical name Edom, which means "red." It is a hilly land south of the Dead Sea that is now in Jordan and includes the ancient city of Petra. When Moses wanted to enter the land of Canaan via Edom, the rulers of Edom wouldn't let him. The tune was used effectively at the beginning of Cold Mountain, the 2003 American Civil War drama, accompanying pictures of the Battle of the Crater, one of the most horrible battles fought anywhere in the nineteenth century.

The tune, written by Ananias Davisson (1780–1857) from Shenandoah County, Virginia, is one of the most haunting and popular Appalachian minor songs in Southern shape-note circles. The lilt of the tune fits so well that it could have been written specifically for Charles Wesley's words. I have tried to enhance the text by changing the character rather dramatically on each verse. The phrase "What will become of me?" is especially moving. The phrase at the end, "To see the flaming skies," is also terrifying and I have tried to allow that text to come off the page with the 'flames' appearing in the women's voices.
Product #: AMP0810
Idumea (TTBB)
Product #: AMP0905