Hosanna to the Son of David

Hosanna to the Son of David, an anthem for two unison choirs and organ, is dedicated to the distinguished choral conductor, organist, church musician, and friend, Peggy Haas Howell (Organist and Choirmaster, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, Virginia). Composed in the summer of 2021, the anthem’s text is traditional to Palm Sunday as it marks Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Recorded in the Gospels of St. Matthew (21:9) and St. Luke (19:38), the palm-strewn event is paradoxical in that it represents both a celebratory processional and a troubling foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion. In my setting of the text, I have tried to musically give expression to both of these Holy Week realities.

Dan Locklair
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
July 2021

Hosanna to the Son of David.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the King of Israel.
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest places.
Hosanna in the highest heavens.

Choral performance note: Although Hosanna to the Son of David is composed for two unison choirs and organ, suggestions for dividing the two choirs into women’s (SA) and men’s (TB) voices are indicated throughout the score. These suggestions, however, may be completely ignored or modified by the choral director. The piece may also involve choirs of all ages. For the most effective performance results, the two choirs should be physically separated and the piece may be sung in place or in procession. The choral singing of Hosanna to the Son of David is especially effective when followed by the Palm Sunday congregational hymn, All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Tune: ST. THEODULPH).

Duration: ca. 2’ 30”