10/3387M, SATB, with opt. cello, $3.20
Date Released: 2005
This exquisite original anthem by Mark Hayes captures the well-known hymn text “For the Beauty of the Earth” and breathes new life into it. Set in a reflective, lyrical style, it uses a flowing triplet accompaniment and features a gorgeous new melody. Each verse incorporates a minor third modulation into a new key, which serves to build the intensity of the piece. After a joyous final stanza, Hayes concludes with quiet restatement of the line, “This our hymn of grateful praise.” Consider using the optional cello part to enhance the beautiful piano accompaniment.