Arr by Arnold Sherman . . . Gospel Hymn Tune . . .
This is respectful and thoughtful music, suitable for both a concert and for worship -- it requires sensitive, thoughtful ringing from an experienced Level 2 choir, but it repays the effort (and is interesting to play). The melody is played near the beginning, in a simple way with chords and a gradually increasing bass part, but when the key changes the music becomes more animated, speeding up rhythmically (and with a strong bass part) into a large forte climax that hides the melody in full chords in the trebles and mid-bells. The ending becomes "reflective", and slows into a quiet full held chord.
The total setting is quite lush, and the choir should ebb and flow with the phrasing to play it properly.
• Keys of G and Eb Major, 3/4 (and some 4/4) time signatures, marked "reflectively" 69 speed to start
• 8th and quarter notes dominate, with some dotted quarter/8ths; there are accidentals, some involving easy weaves, and one five-measure "work-it-out" section in the middle
• No special techniques except a few accents
• Dynamics run from soft to a loud climactic moment and then back to soft at the end
© 2012 Agape Publishing
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