35032668, SATB, $2.25
Date Released: 2020
This well-crafted anthem is an epic declaration of worship and devotion. From the opening piano arpeggios and the Latin choral text, the piece hints at great masterworks of the past. The well-loved hymn tune, NICEA, is initially introduced by the altos and moves artfully through multiple key changes in a traditional chorale style. Hayes then introduces the timeless hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” by Beethoven in an ebullient 12/8 meter. The final stanza features congregational participation and a soaring soprano descant. Score and parts available as a digital download.