35004286, SAB, $2.50
The stylistic surprises in this arrangement of a time-honored hymn will capture the attention of your congregation by revitalizing the familiar. Hayes uses a distinctly Baroque style (complete with string quartet if you choose to use the orchestration) alternately with a highly rhythmic rock feel to set the hymn text and melody. Syncopation and a driving bass line characterize the verses which are contrasted with polyphonic extensions of the “Alleluia, Amen!” text in Handelian fashion. The powerful finish will have the audience on their feet, ready to answer the exhortation to “join to sing”! Moderately difficult, accessible to most adult choirs or good high school choirs.
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