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Atlanta Master Chorale:
All Creatures Great and Small

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.


This lovely and well-known poem was written by Mrs. Cecil Alexander in 1848 and first published in her Hymns for Little Children. It was the inspiration for a book by James Herriot, which in turn became a popular BBC television series. The text can be found in most hymnals, and many versions for choir have been composed. We’ll sing the one written by British composer John Rutter, which just might be the best.

Inspired by the phrase, “All creatures great and small,” our first concert of the season is an exploration of music about birds, animals, and all manner of assorted fauna. No matter if they be tiny or large, if they slither on the ground or soar in the air, choral song is filled with references to beasts, bees and bugs. You might be surprised (we were!) to discover how much music has been written about the animal kingdom and what “all creatures great and small” might teach us about ourselves.

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