19989, SAB with opt. congregation, $1.75
This beloved hymn has never been treated better than in this Mark Hayes arrangement! He begins his setting in a gentle cut-time with the choir singing the melody in a reverent, subdued unison. Verse 2 broadens into three parts with Hayes’ use of chord substitutions and fresh chord progressions to highlight the familiar melody. After two modulations and a lovely 2-part third verse, comes the big finish: the congregation joins the choir in a majestic rendition of the traditional homophonic hymn setting accompanied by a soaring soprano descant. Everyone will be on their feet in worship at the end of this one – a perfect program or service closer! You’ll need your best soprano for the descant and a relatively accomplished pianist for the accompaniment, but the vocal parts are accessible to most adult and youth choirs.