|'The Dream Isaiah Saw"|
|American hymn by Glenn L. Rudolph|
|Occasion||Sermons on peace and Advent|
|Text||by Thomas H. Troeger|
|Based on||Isaiah 11:6-9|
|Composed||30 September 2001|
|Published||Oxford University Press, 2004|
|In memory of those who perished on September 11, 2001|
The Dream Isaiah Saw is a contemporary classical choral Christmas song, commissioned by The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and composed in 2001 by Glenn L. Rudolph to lyrics of 1994 hymn Lions and Oxen Will Feed in the Hay by Thomas H. Troeger. It has become a holiday favorite along with old traditional carols and Christmas songs. The hymn has become a signature piece of the Washington Chorus and has been performed at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performance Arts. The song has been independently released by many symphonic and college choirs. It is regularly performed by symphonic, college, church, and school choirs during Advent.
In preparation for 2001 Christmas concert In Dulci Jubilo the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh led by Brady R. Allred commissioned five new holiday compositions. Glenn L. Rudolph, an active performer, conductor and composer in the Pittsburgh area since 1978, composed The Dream Isaiah Saw. Rudolph was working on the piece when the attacks of September 11, 2001 took place. The Dream Isaiah Saw was finished nineteen days after 9/11 attacks and became a dedication to those who lost their lives in that tragedy. Rudolph said that the events of 9/11 had an impact on the music he wrote for the hymn.
The lyrics of a hymn Lions and Oxen Will Feed in the Hay first appeared in the book by Thomas H. Troeger Borrowed Light: Hymn Texts, Prayers, and Poems published by Oxford University Press in 1994. Thomas Troeger drew inspiration from the Book of Isaiah 11:6-9, an Old Testament book in the Bible by a Latter Prophet Isaiah.
The Dream Isaiah Saw has become a popular song in many choir performances at Christmas in the United States and Australia. Christopher Bell, the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Washington Chorus, reported the experience of Washington Chorus Candlelight Christmas with the candles, the procession, and The Dream Isaiah saw "blew him away". It is praised as one of the modern songs that stacks up well against the classics. Critics have described it as intense, gripping, thrilling, haunting, catharticly climactic, packed with '' the biggest emotional punch, stunning to "bring audiences spontaneously to their feet", "bringing tears to the eyes".
The following choirs have recorded the song:
Rudolph, Glenn L. (2004) The Dream Isaiah Saw. Vocal Score. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Edward Hicks. Peaceable Kingdom.
Porterfield, Eric. The Dream Isaiah Saw. Audio Sermon. December 4, 2016. Fifth Baptist Church, Huntington, West Virginia. Retrieved December 14, 2018.