Alleluia was originally written as a work for a capella choir by Ralph Manuel
in 1987. Written in four sections, the entire piece centers around the title
lyric. A simple arching melody starts off the piece with accompanimental texture
in the underlying voices. The second section features imitative counterpoint
that builds in crescendo into the third part, a grand homophonic reprise of the
original theme. To close out the work Manuel changes the harmonic texture by
moving briefly to a minor mode and slowing the tempo to a somber close.