Zbinden  Jf  Lord  V29
Julien-François Zbinden
Lord op. 93
for double mixed choir SATB
intermediate Duration: 8' Swiss Composers Series

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Julien-François Zbinden

Julien-François Zbinden (1917-2021)

Julien-François Zbinden was born on November 11th, 1917 in Rolle (Vaud/Switzerland). After having studied piano, with secondary studies in voice and violin, he began in 1938 his musical career as a pianist in a jazz band, having had a passion for jazz at an early age. As a composer, he was self-taught at the beginning, so to speak. After 1947 he worked at the musical department of Radio Suisse...
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About Lord

LORD is built around three phrases.

The first, “Lord, you made the night too long,” is the title of a piece performed in the 1930s by Louis Armstrong. The words of these phrases appear only successively. The work opens with the vowel "o", introduced in turn by the 8 voices. “O Lord, you made the night” is the object of a fugato section of dolorous character to which a tenor solo responds, which then moves into a new fugato section that is rhythmically chanted, ending very violently. It is only then that the end of the phrase, "too long," is sung by the soprano and alto soloists in a sorrowful manner.

The second phrase rings out gloriously from the tenor soloist: "Yes Lord, you made the night, but, Lord, you made the sun!" is then taken up fortissimo by the two choirs.

Finally, the last phrase, "Glory to the Lord," begins joyously, and gradually builds to a triumphant chorale, before dying away into silence.

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Editions Bim


  • March 5, 2017 | Zurich, Switzerland. Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Andreas Felber (conductor).

  • March 4, 2017 | Bern, Switzerland. Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Andreas Felber (conductor).

  • March 3, 2017 | Lucerne, Switzerland. Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Andreas Felber (conductor).