“The Mountaintop” by Scherer/Shames


In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, librettist-lyricist Germaine Shames drew comfort and inspiration from the teachings of Martin Luther King and wrote the text of “The Mountaintop,” a tribute for solo tenor and chorale. Composer Paul Scherer, a fellow believer in non-violence, came onboard to create the score.


“In these turbulent and uncertain times,” reflects Scherer, “‘The Mountaintop’ lyrics beautifully express the sadness of loss, the anger of injustice and hope for a brighter future—all of which provide the basis for the musical setting.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit with three of their four children in their Atlanta, Ga, home, on March 17, 1963. From left are: Martin Luther King III, 5, Dexter Scott, 2, and Yolanda Denise, 7.

In honor of Dr. King’s commemorative year marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights leader’s assassination, Shames and Scherer are offering “The Mountaintop” royalty-free for performance by any choir or community chorale through June 2018.


Explains Shames, “We hope, through music and the fellowship it fosters, to avert another Charlottesville and to keep alive Dr. King’s spirit of justice and reconciliation.”


The choral tribute can be heard at https://youtu.be/Hju7yv7N9vs. For further information and to request the score for performance email biz@palefirepress.com.