Franklin Credo – Carol Barnett

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Format: SATB Score

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Composer: Carol Barnett

Text byBenjamin Franklin

Instrumentation: SATB

Duration: Approx. 2 minutes

Date Written:  1991

Composer’s note: In a letter to Ezra Stiles, dated March 9, 1790, Benjamin Franklin wrote his own Credo of faith in the lucid, straight-forward style prized by our founding fathers. That Enlightenment attitude is rendered through an insistent march figure in the tenor and bass, overlaid by declamatory sopranos and altos. An ideal piece for church choirs and congregants in search of plainspoken theology or a liturgy steeped in Americana.

– Carol Barnett


Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we render to him is doing good to his other Children. That the soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting its Conduct in this. These I take to be the…Principles of all sound Religion, and I regard them…in whatever Sect I meet with them.

– Benjamin Franklin

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