for SATB (with divisions) and keyboard or orchestra This majestic arrangement breathes new life into the patriotic hymn known to all American congregations. The text, written to commemorate the centenary of the US Declaration of Independence, makes the hymn particularly suitable for 4 July, but it would work equally well for other celebratory occasions. Wilberg has retained some of George Warren's original harmonies, while also adding his own distinctive stamp. The orchestral version has been recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on the CD Spirit of America (SKU 4600686). An accompaniment for orchestra is available on hire/rental.
Mack Wilberg was appointed Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2008, having served as Associate Music Director since 1999. He is a former professor of music at Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor's degree; his master's and doctoral degrees are from the University of Southern California. Alongside Wilberg's conducting responsibilities he is active as a pianist, choral clinician, composer, arranger, and guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to the many compositions he has written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, his works have been performed by artists such as Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazon, Deborah Voigt, and The King's Singers. Wilberg's arrangements and compositions are performed and recorded all over the world.