for SATB and piano four hands with optional percussion (glock, vibraphone, triangle/bass drum)
This is the first piece in Wilberg's Dances to Life. The text speaks of the wonders of childhood, and the music is playful and dance-like, set mainly in 7/8. The choral writing is uncomplicated, and the piano and percussion portray the playfulness and impishness of children.
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.