Performance Insights


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

(click the number of parts to view and hear online)

(click the voicing indication to see how to use the arrangement with different age groups)


Two Parts - SB or TB (T = Boy Treble)

Two Parts - SC, SA or TC (T = Boy Treble)

Four Parts - SSCB, SACB, or SSAM  (M= Men) 


The lyrics of  this piece present the ideas of two great Americans, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson, as they prepared for  the American Revolution.  Hancock's words introduce the piece:  We fear not death.  That gloomy night, that pale-faced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky can witness: We fear not death! 

The body of the work is a setting the words Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence:  We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Each of these voicings utilize melody-part writing.  The first of two settings includes melodies set against melodies and the second features  a canon.   The two-part settings are very easy and the four-part setting is moderately easy. 

Programming patriotic works in our school concerts is an important and sensible choice. The students will be humming these memorable tunes long after they have performed it. 


Click to access Four-Part Variable Voicing, Two-Part Variable Voicing (one G clef & one F Clef),  and  Two-Part Variable Voicing (two G clefs) which describe how the different voicings  may be sung by various age groups.


Words by John Hancock & Thomas Jefferson

Music by Don L. Collins

Arranged by DLC

Four-part Variable Voicing with Piano (CP Catalog #P47432)

Two-part Variable Voicing with Piano (one G clef & one F Clef) - CP Catalog #P47432-A

Two-part Variable Voicing with Piano (two G clefs) - CP Catalog #P47432-B


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