Twenty years ago now, my youngest child started school and I suddenly realized that I had a lot of time on my hands. I was used to squeezing in creative projects between caring for a large family and supporting them in their myriad of activities. It was amazing to me that after nearly 20 years of making myself available to them 24/7, I suddenly had a few hours each day that were basically free of any distractions.
So, I jumped at the long neglected ambition of writing music. I had done little writing projects here and there over the years, but I told myself that with fewer distractions I might actually put my long neglected college degree to use. What I decided to do was write some sacred pieces for the classical singer. Okay, more specifically, I wanted some original pieces that I would want to sing.
The first completely original of these sacred songs was "Break Forth Into Joy." The text was taken from Isaiah 52:8-10, and quoted again in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 12:22-24 and 3 Nephi 16:18-20. These scriptures speak of how the Lord will gather his people together in the last days and bring again Zion. Now that is something surely to look forward to with joy! It is definitely worth singing about.
This piece was composed for soprano with piano accompaniment, but I have always wondered what it would sound like if it had full orchestra with a fanfare of trumpets and sweeping strings. Maybe someday I will get around to doing an orchestration. But for now, enjoy "Break Forth Into Joy!"