Let the Mountains Shout For Joy
I began this symphony in 1982. It is written in the key of G minor and looks back to the two G minor symphonies of Mozart that predate it by about two hundred years. The first movement is entitled “Syncopation," a characteristic rhythm found in popular American music. The tempo of the second movement, entitled "Pastoral," is slow. The mood is tranquil and calm. The third movement entitled “Waltz” is in lieu of the traditional minuet. In the finale entitled "Let the Mountains Shout for Joy" the orchestra is joined by trombones and chorus. The text is an excerpt from the writings of Joseph Smith, an author of enduring religious poetry.
Symphony No. 1 is available in the 4-CD set you can order below.
Three Symphonies and a Concerto, Physical CD (4 CD Set). Includes Symphonies No. 1, 3 and 5, and the Hometown Concerto.
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The control room at Thunder Music Studio, where the entire production was recorded (minus the timpani and choir) and assembled over several months during 2014.
A choir of professional singers performs the 4th movement, “Let the Mountains Shout for Joy” at Soularium Studios in Alpine Utah.
Dr. Brady Allred rehearses the Choir
Let the Mountains Shout for Joy
Let your hearts rejoice and be glad.
Let the earth break forth into singing.
Let the mountains shout for joy,
And ye valleys cry aloud;
And ye seas and ye dry lands
Tell the wonders of your king!
And ye rivers and brooks
And rills flow down with gladness.
Let the woods and all the trees
Of the field praise the Lord!
And ye solid rocks weep for joy!
Let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together,
Let all the sons of God shout for joy!
And let the eternal creations
Declare his name forever and ever!
And again I say, how glorious is the voice
That we hear from heaven,
Proclaiming in our ears glory and salvation;
And honor, and immortality, and eternal life;
Kingdoms, principalities, and powers!
-Joseph Smith (adapted)
Symphony No. 1
© 2014 William Call
Thor Call, Producer & Engineer
Recorded, mixed & mastered at
Thunder Music, Orem, Utah
Choir and Timpani recorded at Soularium by Stoker White
Flute — Jeannine Goeckeritz
Oboe — Bonnie Schroeder
Clarinet — Daron Bradford
Bassoon — Chris Smith
French Horn — Kenji Hood
Trumpet — Seretta Hart
Trombone — Will Kimball
Bass Trombone — Zachary Crawford
Timpani — Ron Brough
Violin 1&2 — Robert Landes, Andrea Hughes
Viola — Emily Brown, LeeAnn Morgan, Gina Connelly
Cello — Garrick Woods, Thor Call, Tavy Davenport, Andy Speirs
Bass — Eric Hansen
Dr. Brady R. Allred, Conductor
Jane R. Fjeldsted, Choir Contractor