Jubilate Music Group
19143, SATB with opt. children’s choir, $1.40
Three beloved traditional hymns, “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” and “Jesus Loves Me,” are woven together beautifully to create an arrangement perfect for a child or family dedication service, Vacation Bible School kickoff, or any special children’s celebration. To open, Hayes utilizes some metric alterations in “Praise Him” to give it a fresh, energetic sound. A children’s choir may join your sopranos or sing alone on the melody of “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” which is at first lively, then lyrical, to form the second section of the piece. The setting of “Jesus Loves Me” that closes the anthem has rich harmonies that enhance without complicating the beautifully simple melody that is so precious to all children of God. An upward modulation on the last refrain sends that melody soaring in its timeless statement of faith: “Yes, Jesus loves me!” Considerable unison and 2-part writing in the first two sections balances some 5-part divisi at the end to make this of medium difficulty.