Rahab Finalist, 2014 American Prize for Composition
A surround-sound concert story of Joshua 2 for mezzo-soprano and symphonic winds with audience participation. 36 minutes
"MOVING, INTENSE" "RAHAB is one of the most moving, intense, and exciting compositions I have had the privilege of conducting. The story, music, surround-sound acoustics, and audience participation are compelling. I can’t wait to perform it again" — Dr. Jeffrey Doebler, former president, Indiana Bandmasters Association
Complete recording Beth Ray Westlund, mezzo-soprano, The Windiana Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting
Rahab has been performed by these artists Laurie Lee Cosby, soprano Maura Janton Cock, soprano Cynthia Skelly Wohlschlager, soprano Laurel Weir, soprano Beth Ray Westlund, soprano
Rahab has been performed by these ensembles East Texas Baptist Univ. Symphonic Band; Mark Crim, conducting, Laurie Lee Cosby as Rahab Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting, Cynthia Wohlschlager as Rahab Windiana Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting, Beth Ray Westlund as Rahab Luther Summer Music Honors Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting, Beth Ray Westlund as Rahab
Laurie Lee Cosby as RAHAB. East Texas Baptist Univ. Band, M. Crim, cond.
Maura Cock as RAHAB. Valparaiso Univ. Band, J. Doebler, cond.
Cynthia Wohlschlager as RAHAB. Valparaiso Univ. Band, J. Doebler, cond.
Beth Ray Westlund as RAHAB. Windiana Concert Band, J. Doebler, cond.
The story of Rahab is found in the Old Testament in Joshua 2: 1-21 and Joshua 6: 25. On the eve of the destruction of Jericho (when the “walls came tumbling down”), Rahab, a harlot whose house is on the great, impregnable city wall, providentially encounters two Israelite spies sent by Joshua to spy out the land. She hides them from her King’s soldiers, saving their lives, and in exchange, she is spared when the city is destroyed. Rahab is an important Old Testament figure because her story, fascinating as it is, does not end with her exodus from the doomed city. Her name surfaces not once, but three times in the New Testament. (Matthew 1: 5; Hebrews 11: 31; and James 2: 25.) Rahab was begun September 2010 at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, continued at a lakeside cottage in rural Maine belonging to the composer's colleague and friend, Barb Drennan, and completed in December 2010 at the composer’s home in Canton, Ohio.
The composer is most appreciative of the generous support for this project by Malone University, the MacDowell Colony, and Barb Drennan. He also wishes to thank playwright Justin Sherrin, wordsmith Alexandra Gomez-Robbins , and fellow composer William Vollinger for their valuable suggestions about the libretto.